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Toilet Training Tool Kit

This tool kit is designed to take you through the steps of preparing and planning toilet training for a child with special needs.


This tool kit was prepared by Anne Davalla, MA, CCC-SLP and Linda Downing, PhD.


For any individual, the benefits of being toilet trained include increased independence and quality of life, greater social and life opportunities, dignity, improved personal hygiene and well-being. The skill of toileting opens doors of increased independence, privilege, and opportunity for your child at home, in school, at work, and in the community.

This tool kit is designed to take you through the steps of preparing and planning toilet training for a child with special needs. As you begin, keep in mind that a child on the autism spectrum is likely to have unique challenges during this process. This kit addresses the emotional and social challenges as well as the practical demands of toilet training for both the child and the caregivers in this process. The goal is for the young person to be as independent with toileting and related skills as his cognitive ability, awareness, communication skills, and self-help skills allow.

As you use the tool kit, determine what works for your child and your family. There is no one-size-fits-all method and toilet training is likely to be a very slow process. As you address the various challenges associated with toilet training, you will also be helping your child in other areas such as communication and self-management.

Milestones provides consultation services to all family members, professionals, and self-advocates. Services include connecting participants to resources and providing general information and assistance. We also offer a free Autism Help Desk. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (216) 464-7600 or info@milestones.org.

Download the Toilet Training Tool Kit

The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors, and may not reflect the official position of Milestones Autism Resources. The publication is designed to provide guidance concerning the subject matter covered. It is published with the understanding that Milestones Autism Resources is not engaged in the rendering of legal, medical, or professional services. If legal, medical, or other expert advice or assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Copyright 2018 Milestones Autism Resources. All rights reserved.

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