Toilet Training Children with Autism and Other Developmental Delays: An Effective School-based Program

Toilet Training Children with Autism and Other Developmental Delays: An Effective School-based Program

Michael A. Cocchiola, Jr., M.S., BCBA (Capitol Region Education Council)

Current literature regarding toilet training for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) focuses on smaller case studies, typically with concentrated clinical support. Limited research exists to support an effective school-based program readily implemented by school staff. This program provides an effective "intervention package" for toilet training children with ASD who demonstrated limited success before implementing this program in the school setting. The intervention relies on positive reinforcement, operant learning and shaping to teach toileting skills. The program has been effective across multiple school settings with noted success.  Learning occurred in typical school settings with a clear understanding that the intervention was a process of systematic learning over a longer period of time than previous research suggests. Paraprofessionals implemented the program with minimal clinical supervision. Toilet training readily transferred to the home setting once the skill set was in place at school.

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