Autism Corner: 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Potty Training a Child with Autism
[Source: North Shore Pediatric Therapy]
Potty training is a big milestone for any child. It definitely is an important milestone for parents as well! No more diapers!! However, there are some things to keep in mind prior to considering potty training as well as during potty training.
- When should you consider potty training?
- On average you would consider potty training when the child is around 2.5 years of age and above, can hold urine for 60-90 minutes, recognize the sensation of a full bladder, and show some form of awareness that they need to go to the bathroom.
- Do at a time when you can spend large amounts of time at home! Some parents find it best to do in the summer (less clothing!).
- What schedule should you use when potty training?
- You want to take your child to the bathroom every 90 minutes, if your child urinates then you wait for the next 90 minute interval, if not you reduce the time by 30 minutes.
- Consistency is extremely important to ensure success.