Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum (ASD): A Guide for Professionals

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Sep 21, 2015 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages

This practical guide equips practitioners to support families and carers in developing effective toilet training programmes and provide continued help with analysing and addressing problems that occur. With appropriate intervention and persistence most children on the autism spectrum can be toilet trained, however difficult it may sometimes seem at first.

Eve Fleming and Lorraine MacAlister are specialists on continence problems in autism and have packed their expertise into this accessible guide. Focusing on the 3 'Ps' - preparation, practicalities and problem-solving - they offer a step-by-step process tailored for children with autism, which includes strategies for managing behavioural issues, approaches to address sensory sensitivities and advice on overcoming specific bowel and bladder difficulties. It also has an invaluable chapter on approaching toilet training with children with PDA.

This book will give early years practitioners, special education teachers, paediatric and school nurses, health visitors and other frontline professionals the knowledge and skills to support children with autism spectrum disorder and their families with toilet training.


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User Review  - ThePinesLibrary - LibraryThing

Comprehensive and practical guide to toilet training, continence and autism. Looks at preparation, practicalities and problem solving and includes a chapter on children with PDA. Read full review

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User Review  - brokenangelkisses - LibraryThing

Extremely useful look at the potential issues surrounding toilet-training an ASD child. Full of useful tips and valuable reminders of the ways an autistic mind could intersect with various aspects of fouls training. Read full review


Part 1 Understanding Toilet Training and Autism
Part 2 Preparation and Planning
Part 3 Wee and Poo
Part 4 Understanding Behaviour
Part 5 What Next?
Practical Tools
Subject Index
Author Index

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Dr Eve Fleming has worked for many years as a community paediatrician in South Warwickshire, UK, and has led the bowel and bladder support services and clinics in this area. She co-authored the Department of Health exemplar on toilet training problems and special needs, and has contributed to training courses for professionals managing continence difficulties in children. Eve is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick Medical School.

Lorraine MacAlister is an Autism Training Consultant at The National Autistic Society, UK, where she delivers training on autism, sensory considerations, behaviour, communication and effective strategies for supporting individuals with autism.

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