Toilet Training—Autism Toolkit

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What should I know about toilet training of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have slowed development, may be stuck on their own routines, or may be nervous about learning a new skill. They may not understand how to copy the steps using the toilet, or they may not understand the words parents are using. Many children with ASD may toilet train at a later age than typically developing children.

When are children with ASD ready for toilet training?

Children may be ready for toilet training when they

Being ready may also be linked your child's developmental and medical challenges. If your child has a developmental delay or has a hard time communicating, he may not be able to tell you when he needs to go to the bathroom, but you may be able to set up a routine to clock train or time train him.

How should I start toilet training?

What are some potential roadblocks to toilet training?