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Potty Training Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ashley H.
ASHLEY H.
Potty Training Consultant
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Join Potty Training Specialist, Ashley Hickey, for a Q&A about potty training kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ashley is here to answer questions and support parents through this potty training process.

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Sitting on the potty
DESTINY

How can i get my son who is 5 almost 6 to sit on A potty? We will pee standing up but for him to sit on a potty and have a BM is a nightmare. He is so afraid of it i dont know what to do.

Ashley
ASHLEY

First, try to determine what he is actually afraid of (falling in, getting
wet, sound), then remedy it. Once he is no longer afraid, then you can
expect him to start sitting. You can even have him practice sitting on the
potty with the lid closed and his pants on. Once he is comfortable doing
that then you can try having him sit with lid open and pants on. Then he
can sit on potty without pants but only for a second. Slowly increase the
time he has to sit. Most importantly, reward him for completing each step.

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No Interest
JOANNA

My son is 4 1/2 years old. He has no interest at all to go potty. He is constantly in the bathroom with us but we can't even get him to sit. I've tried using electronics, books, toys. I don;t know what else to do.

Ashley
ASHLEY

First, it's important to determine if your son has a fear of actually
sitting on the potty or if he just doesn't want to. If he is fearful, it's
important to figure out exactly what he scared of and address that. If he
just doesn't want to sit, make sure he has a reason to sit on the potty. I
suggest keeping a box of toys, books, activities in the bathroom next to
the potty to keep him busy. Also, you can reinforce that sitting on the
potty is a positive experience by rewarding him with a highly motivating
reinforcer every time he sits.

JOANNA

how do i determine if he is fearful or just doesnt want too....he is verbal but it mostly scripting from tv....its hard to get a real conversation out of him

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She never actually pees.
LEANNE

My daughter knows to pull down her pants and pull up, sit on the potty, grab toilet paper, wipe and put her clothes back on again but never actually pees. Is there something we can do
to help her understand the urinating part?

Thanks! ☺

Ashley
ASHLEY

Often times, kids will know how to go through the motions of the potty
routine but don't actually know how to make themselves go pee. The most
important thing is to give her plenty of opportunities to learn. I suggest
having her sit on the potty every time you change her diaper and
encouraging her to stay on the potty for up to 10 minutes. This will give
her a chance to try to pee. Be prepared to reinforce her if she does pee
with a highly motivating reward. This will encourage the behavior next time.

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TINYHOOD, PARENT OF 4 YEAR OLD

Welcome, Ashley! Ashley is here to answer your questions and troubleshoot issues related to potty training kids with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.