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Parents are our partners in supporting children with toilet learning, and when children are having multiple accidents, a collaborative meeting must be scheduled to talk with families about what they are doing at home, share with them what you are doing at school, and come up with a plan to support the child together.

Students enrolled in our Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classrooms will receive support with potty training throughout the school day through a variety of support strategies that are appropriate for each student’s developmental level and the requirements of their IEP.  Parents are encouraged to work with their student’s ECSE teacher (case manager)  to collaborate on a potty training plan, but toilet learning action plans will be optional for children and families in ECSE classrooms. ECSE teachers should use their discretion and collaborate with their principal if a toilet learning action plan is necessary to support a child on their caseload. 

Toileting Tips

  • Choose clothing that is easy to remove in a hurry. Have the child wear elastic waist pants whenever possible

  • The child must learn to pull down his/her pants or use the front fly. She/he can practice this at home. It is important to promote self-help skills at school and at home.

  • Familiarize the child with the bathroom. For boys, choose if he will sit to urinate or stand in front of the toilet. Remain consistent at home and school  with this process.

  • Help the child wash his/her hands after using the toilet. Children learn that hand washing stops germs from making them sick. Model this practice at home and at school.

  • Suggest regularly that the child use the toilet. Common toileting times are after meals, before and after naptimes and before outside plan or trips. Do not expect the child to go only on your schedule.

  •  Ask the child to sit on the toilet for no more than five minutes unless the child is upset or uncomfortable.

  • Always give the child lots of positive feedback and encouragement for success. Never punish a child for wetting his/her clothing or the inability to use the toilet.

  • Please communicate with school whenever there is a change in routine to promote consistency and learning. (Change in parent’s work schedule, family stress, new sibling, etc.) that may impact toilet learning regressions

Toileting Resources

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