This topical guide on toilet training for children with special needs will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).
Lessons from Toilet School: A Family-Centered Approach to Toilet Training
Ann Coleman Stadtler and Claudia Quigg
Bronze Man Books, 2017
Every parent raising a young child eventually asks this question: Is my child ready for toilet training? This book helps families address this question by looking for signs of readiness in the child, while exploring the bigger picture of your family’s experience.
WS 113 .St128 2017 990144206
Healthy Young Children: A Manual for Programs
Susan S. Aronson (Ed.)
NAEYC, 2012 (5th ed.)
This manual is an invaluable resource for program directors, consultants working with early childhood programs, teacher educators, professional development staff, and other concerned about keeping children and adults safe and healthy.
LB 1140.5 .H4Ar675 2012 811562388
Body Care: A Whole Health Curriculum for Young Children
Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte M. Hendricks, and Becky S. Bennett
Redleaf Press, 2014 (3rd ed.)
Part of the Growing, Growing Strong series, this body care curriculum includes activities and background information to help children develop lifelong healthy habits.
Also available as an eBook
LB 1140.5 .H4S647 2014 829740133
Toilet Training for Individuals With Autism or Other Developmental Issues
Future Horizons, 2007 (2nd ed.)
This book offers a detailed roadmap for success, including how to gauge readiness, overcome fear of the bathroom, teach how to use toilet paper, flush and wash up and deal with toileting in unfamiliar environments.
WM 203.5 .W563 2007 154686713
For instructions on how to access this eBook, please read Getting Started with eBooks.
Tom Needs to Go: A Book About How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Boys and Young Men With Autism and Related Conditions
Jessica Kingsley, 2015
In this picture book, we join Tom as he is out and about and needs to use a public toilet. It provides parents and carers with the opportunity to teach boys and young men with autism and other special needs how to use urinals and cubicles safely and to understand the social etiquette.
WS 460 .R332 2015 879468558
Ellie Needs to Go: A Book About How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Girls and Young Women With Autism and Related Conditions
Jessica Kingsley, 2015
This visual resource helps parents and carers teach girls and young women with autism and related conditions about how to use public toilets safely. It covers the subtleties of social etiquette including where to stand and look, as well as practicalities such as remembering to lock the cubicle door.
WS 460 .R332ell 2015 889733906
Good Going! Successful Potty Training for Children in Child Care
Redleaf Press, 2004
This book addresses the issues involved when young children are potty trained in a group setting, such as in the classroom, as well as in the home.
HQ 770.5 .K56 2004 54350049
Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.
Toilet Training for Children With Special Needs
45 minutes, DVD
Developmental Pathways, 2009
Gives advice and procedures for toilet training children with developmental disabilities.
This video can be watched online at JFK Partners Toilet Training for Children with Special Needs
30 minutes, DVD
Two Little Hands, 2011
Sing, sign and dance your way through potty training with this playful and positive approach which supports any potty training method you choose.
WS 113 .P859 2011 769462506
Tips to Successful Toilet Training
55 minutes, online
This video, part of the Autism Speaker Series of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Houston Clear Lake.
Toilet Training and Autism
65 minutes, online
This webinar from the Kentucky Autism Training Center addresses evidence based practices that will help your child become more successful with toilet training.
Autism 209: Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
116 minutes, online
Dr. Mendy Minjarez, a behavioral psychologist at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, will review best practices for addressing toilet training goals for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.
Methods in Toilet Training
91 minutes, online
Dr. Paula Santos presents a seminar for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.
We are still adding to this resource guide. Please check back later for additional resources.
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
Toilet Training Children with Special Needs
Children with an intellectual disability or developmental delay are best toilet-trained one step at a time. This article describes best practices for toilet training children with special needs.
Procedures for Toilet Training
This article describes procedures for potty training, including the practices with the most research support, particularly for difficult-to-train children (such as children with disabilities).
Intensive Toilet Training
This short video describes intensive toilet training, a technique that can be used for most children, with and without disabilities.
Seven Toilet Training Tips that Help Nonverbal Kids with Autism
This article from Autism Speaks provides strategies that help children with autism overcome their toilet training challenges.
This tip sheet provides ideas to help families help their children with toilet training.