Over 35 million people across the country live with incontinence; a large portion of these are children with special needs such as autism. Helping your child navigate life with the loss of bladder control can be challenging, especially as he/she heads back to school and begins to participate in after-school activities or sports. While you

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in Potty Training by Jay Levy, MD

What is Fecal Smearing? Imagine walking into your children’s room late at night to check on them sleeping, only to find them smearing poop all over themselves or their room! Some children who play with poop also do so in front of other people or while away from home at school or visiting family members.

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in Potty Training by Kelly Beins, BHSc, OTR/L

No matter how old a child is, struggling with incontinence isn’t easy. It can be stressful for the entire family, especially when autism is involved. Incontinence and autism are often coupled together, due to the toileting delay, cognitive and sensory issues can cause. However, it doesn’t have to be stressful, as a few easy steps

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in Potty Training by Mica Phillips

Question: I have a nine-year-old who is not using the toilet to open his bowels. He can take himself to the toilet to urinate but is having constipation issues. He has been on a laxative for three weeks, and the continence nurse has encouraged us to put him back in nappies during this time. .

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in Potty Training by Kelly Beins, BHSc, OTR/L

Training a child to use the potty can be hard—and teaching a child with autism to use the potty can be even harder. As we all know, it can take a little longer for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to master many everyday skills. As a result, potty training with autism can take

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in Potty Training by Annette Nuñez, PhD

As a parent to a child with autism, I am all too familiar with the challenges that come along with the diagnosis. We both know how difficult it is for a child with autism to break away from their normal routine, much less learn a new skill that is required to thrive out in the

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in Potty Training by Chelsea Ervin

Six-year-old Alexander was diagnosed with moderate autism spectrum disorder (ASD) several years ago. His parents have spent years attempting to potty train him, but he just isn’t completely there yet. In fact, his parents thought several times he was potty trained and then he regressed. Alexander’s parents are frustrated by the added stress of not

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in Potty Training by Amy KD Tobik

  Q&A What do I do when my child with Autism out grows the diapers in the store? This is the question as featured in Issue Number 6 and you may also find this article on finding big kid diapers helpful. Answer: If your child has an ASD diagnosis, then ask your pediatrician for a prescription

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in Potty Training by Leslie Burby