Toilet Training It is often indicated that children with developmental disabilities generally show the same signs of ‘toileting readiness’ as that of typically developing children; however, these signs often appear when the child is older and the training might take longer. Surprisingly, the actual steps for preparing the individual for toilet training are also similar for all children, with the exception that individuals with developmental disabilities might need alternative strategies adjusted to suit their needs and/or additional instruction. Regardless, it is necessary to recognize that toilet training is largely about cooperation, communication and working together with the individual being toilet trained.

Learning Objectives

• Identify signs the individual is ready for toilet training

• Discuss the preparation for toilet training

• Discuss various types of toilet training strategies

• Discuss supplemental supports to facilitate success