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Autism Potty Training – The Ultimate Guide

From learning new routines, to knowing when it’s time to use the toilet, to being able to manipulate clothing, the potty training process can take many years for some children with autism to become experts. Keep in mind that children with autism are all very different and master skills at different times.

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Autism Potty Training - The Ultimate Guide - Autism Parenting Magazine

From learning new routines, to knowing when it’s time to use the toilet, to being able to manipulate clothing, the potty training process can take many years for some children with autism to become experts. Keep in mind that children with autism are all very different and master skills at different times.

Issue 18 - Potty Training - Autism Parenting Magazine

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On top of the “duties” of everyday life, dealing with unscheduled meltdowns, potty training issues, countless therapy sessions, and endless fighting with the school system to get the much-needed and well-deserved accommodations and services, parenting a child with autism can be VERY stressful and overwhelming. Many parents may attest to the fact that we become really good at operating on auto pilot.  It is as if our bodies operate and move in almost a robotic way. It is the same thing, different day (wash, rinse, repeat).

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