How to Get Started with Toilet Training
Tip sheet that offers suggestions for a positive toilet training experience
* Published on October 9, 2020
Toilet training is the process of teaching your child to use a toilet to urinate and for bowel movements. This includes toileting routines, such as asking for the washroom when needed, completing dressing/undressing routines, using the toilet, and cleaning themselves when required. It can also include teaching your child to recognize their body cues to know when it’s time to use the toilet.
Why is Toilet Training Important?
- Diapers are expensive!
- Being toilet trained increases independence for children
- It can increase access to school and vocational settings
- It decreases stigma and promotes socialization
- Parents may feel less stress about managing toileting in the community
- Toileting routines are less time consuming when a child is independent in the washroom.
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Wheeler, M. (2007). Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues: Second Edition . Arlington, Texas: Future Horizons.