ARE THEY READY?
Factors that need to be taken into consideration before you start any toileting program are:-Are they developmentally ready? Most children are ready between the ages of 22-30 months of age, but leaving it until they are 3 years of age is probably a good idea because of the other factors listed below.Are they able to stay dry for an hour and a half?Are they able to sit for a prolonged period of time? They need to be able to sit for at least 15 minutes.Are they able to EITHER communicate they need the toilet (be it verbally or using signs, symbols or gestures) OR can they find the toilet independently?Are they compliant? The presence of behaviour problems will interfere with the toilet training.
ARE YOU READY?
In terms of equipment it is better to go for an insert that you place over the toilet seat and a stool or step in front of the toilet, than buying a potty. Besides the extra hassle of having to dispose of the urine or faeces and clean it out, you will later have to retrain them to use the toilet. It also means that when you are out and about your child is more likely to be willing to use the toilet and means you don’t have to cart the potty with you everywhere. Amazon sells several toilet training products including toilet seats that are comfortable and portable, books, sleeping mats, waterproof protection for car seats and push chairs.
HOW QUICKLY DO YOU WANT TO TRAIN THEM?
You can choose to train very naturally and slowly (schedule training), or speed up the process and do the training in a concentrated period of time (intensive independent toilet training). Some parents opt for the intensive independent toilet training because their child is about to start pre-school.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT IT?
Whether you choose to do schedule training or the intensive independent training, it is helpful to have some guidance from a Behaviour Analyst. Athene can design a bespoke package that suits your child’s toileting needs and can offer weekly guidance until they are going to the toilet independently. The objective is to make it as fun for the child and as hassle free for the parents, as possible. Parents find having a consultant gives them the peace of mind knowing that they are ‘on the right track’ using tried and tested methods, and they are not alone.
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