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How to potty train children with special needs

While many parents complain about toilet training their children, most parents find it to be a rather simple process. Even if there are issues or symptoms of resistance to potty training, most children will eventually become potty trained.

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However, for children with developmental delays or disabilities, such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and so on, this is not always the case because potty training children with special needs can be more difficult.

When it comes to potty training, it's more crucial to examine your child's developmental level rather than his chronological age.

Here are tips for making potty training easier for a child with special needs

1 Training techniques

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You can choose a toilet chair if you're ready to start training and to help your child get used to it, have your child decorate it with stickers and sit on it with his clothes on to watch TV, etc. You should take your child to the potty chair whenever he exhibits signs of wanting to urinate or have a bowel movement and explain what you want him to do.

2 Track when they go

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Keeping a record or diary of when he wets or soils himself regularly will help you figure out the optimal times to have him sit on the potty and increase your chances of him having to go. Toddlers are more likely to go after meals and snacks, which is an excellent opportunity to take them to the bathroom.

3 Recognize the challenges of toilet training children with physical limitations

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Physically disabled children should be potty trained differently from children with behavioral, cognitive, or emotional disabilities. Knowing your child and how their individual difficulties may affect toilet training can help you to adapt to each stage of the training to give them the best chance of success.

4 Model good behavior

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This may seem like an odd tip, but allowing your child to observe you using the toilet can be beneficial. Children constantly replicate the behavior of other children and adults. Toilet training can be learned by some children with special needs merely by observing a parent of the same sex do it frequently.

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