Supporting the development of toileting skills in children with special needs
Along with learning to feed and dress oneself, learning to use the toilet is an important step in personal independence for all children. All parents wonder when to begin the toileting process and how to make the big jump into underwear. For parents of children with special needs, those same questions and worries might be amplified. For all children, the basic signs and steps are the same–it is just the ways in which toileting is approached that differ.
The good news? Children with special needs can overcome any challenges they might face and gain toileting mastery in the process. These tips and strategies can assist you in this process.
Understanding your child’s unique needs plays a key role in toilet learning.
It is more important to keep your child’s developmental level, not his chronological age, in mind when you are considering starting toilet training. The first step is deciding if your child is ready to begin the process!