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Toilet Train Your Child with Autism


Updated November 18, 2009

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When to Start Toilet Training
Doctors recommend that children are typically interested in toilet training when they show an awareness that they're wet or poopy, can pull their pants up and down, and are comfortable sitting on a toilet.

Autistic children, however, may be ready to use the toilet before they've mastered all those other skills. Says Kimberly Kroeger-Geoppinger, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, "For us, the prerequisites include ambulation, the ability to get up and down -- and that's it."

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