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Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum (ASD)

Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum (ASD)

A Guide for Professionals

Eve Fleming and Lorraine MacAlister

Quick Overview

This book looks at toilet training difficulties for children with autism spectrum conditions, and presents practical interventions to help children overcome these problems. Packed with essential information on bowel and bladder function, this book also gives helpful advice for developing and implementing a toilet plan in different settings.
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Paperback / softback
2015, 9.02in x 6.57in / 229mm x 167mm, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-603-8
2015, ePUB, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-070-2
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This practical guide equips practitioners to support families and carers in developing effective toilet training programmes and provide continued help with analysing and addressing problems that occur. With appropriate intervention and persistence most children on the autism spectrum can be toilet trained, however difficult it may sometimes seem at first.

Eve Fleming and Lorraine MacAlister are specialists on continence problems in autism and have packed their expertise into this accessible guide. Focusing on the 3 'Ps' - preparation, practicalities and problem-solving - they offer a step-by-step process tailored for children with autism, which includes strategies for managing behavioural issues, approaches to address sensory sensitivities and advice on overcoming specific bowel and bladder difficulties. It also has an invaluable chapter on approaching toilet training with children with PDA.

This book will give early years practitioners, special education teachers, paediatric and school nurses, health visitors and other frontline professionals the knowledge and skills to support children with autism spectrum disorder and their families with toilet training.


'This is a comprehensive and extremely useful book about the toileting difficulties associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. From developing basic toilet training and independence skills to discussing more complex issues like sensory differences, constipation, smearing and avoidant behaviour the book clearly demonstrates the importance of understanding how autism impacts on these difficulties. It offers practical, tried and tested suggestions and includes useful resources and links. This is going to be an invaluable book that has successfully drawn together, for the first time, everything you need to know about this subject.'
- Suzie Franklin, Author, Personalisation in Practice, and Family Liaison, Inscape House School

'A fabulous book packed full of useful information, practical strategies, hints and tips.'
- Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism

'I was delighted to be asked to review this excellent book which gives a common sense and practical approach to toilet training children with ASD. By debunking the myth that toilet training should be delayed until the child 'is ready' it ensures that all children with ASD are given the same opportunities as their peers. I would suggest that this book should be essential reading for all those involved with the care of such children.'
- June Rogers MBE, PromoCon Paediatric Continence Specialist

'This is a 'must-have' book. A comprehensive, informative and easy-to-read guide through the difficulties of toilet training individuals with ASD, this book is helpful for professionals and parents alike. It is thorough and full of practical, tried and tested ideas. The use of parent views makes this an excellent resource.'
- Lizi Snushall, Senior Teacher at Uffculme School (ASD specific), Birmingham


Foreword by: Penny Dobson


Click for PDF Resource

This is one downloadable PDF, including the following templates from the book:

p.212: Bowel and Bladder Recording Chart

p.214: Toilet Readiness Assessment

p.216: Behavioural Assessment

p.217: Progress Recording and Monitoring Chart

p.219: Keira’s Top Toileting Tips

p.220: Environmental Sensory Audit