For those involved with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities and toilet training we are celebrating the first release of a book which has been waited on for many years; Sue Bettison’s compendium of the full range of her toilet training procedures for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. The book is called “Toilet Training for Children with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities” and it truly does cover both sets of disorders and a very wide range of toileting problems and procedures to correct them.
One of the problems for many professionals and other people who help families and their children with autism or intellectual disabilities is the requirement that they are available to many families at the same time. This organisational requirement can prevent them from putting in the time to help individuals successfully complete treatment and training programs.
Here are several procedures which may help you overcome this limitation in relation to toilet training.
If you or your child wets the bed, you are not alone. About 150,000 Australian children between 5 and 14 years of age wet the bed at least once a week. Some adults also wet the bed, but we don’t have any figures on how many. Often, but not always, there is a family history of bedwetting. This pattern is similar in most western countries.
The development of dryness during the day and night is gradual. Generally, bowel control at night is the first to appear, then bowel control during the day. Bladder control during the day is next, followed by bladder control at night.
Like so many other characteristics commonly found in association with autism, bowel problems are rarely mentioned. There is very little in the research literature other than a few case studies. Yet, over the years, I have come across many more instances of bowel problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) than would be found among non-disabled children, or children with other disorders.