Sensory Processing Disorder & Potty Training 

Let me start this by saying, it gets better, I promise! You may be frustrated and it may not feel like it but it will get better. It's no secret that potty training can be challenging, however, potty training a child with special needs can pose even more challenges. Don't get discouraged when you've been unsuccessful, it is very common for families to experience many setbacks while potty training. Hopefully this article will give you some new approaches to potty training that will help your whole family when taking on the many challenges.
It is very important not to be hard on yourself, like the old quote says "don't sweat the small stuff." I know you're likely thinking, "that's a lot easier said than done." Approach all aspects of the process with a "I'll do what I can, when I can do it" approach. Even if you're at the point in where it feels like the end of the world, I assure you that you can make it fun for you and your child. Like most aspects of parenting, there is no one-size-fits-all solution that works for every child. 

If you're having a hard time, you can rest assured that your child is also having a hard time. As impossible as it may seem, especially in the heat of a stressful moment, try to hide your frustration. Maintaining a positive environment while potty training may just be one of the keys to your success. Showing empathy, love and understanding will go a long way in ensuring that they don't create self doubt and get discouraged. 
Most of us have a team of professionals working with our children. Tell your child's Nanny, caregivers, therapists and teachers your plan to start potty training. They can also assist with training when you are not there. Assuring that everyone is on the same page is important, in addition, they may even have some useful ideas for you to try. 

Potty training can be even more difficult if you start potty training them before they are ready. If they're not ready they will absolutely not cooperate. If you force your child to train before they are ready and then take breaks, they'll remember. The next time you try, they'll remember that you allowed them a break the first time so they may refuse again, thus getting harder each time. Most children with special needs are not ready to potty train until they are 3-5 years old. If your child is older than 5 you may want to consult with a developmental pediatrician, they may give you a referral to see an Occupational Therapist. 

If you think your child needs more time, it's better to wait. This will give you time to prepare them before starting the process, which will increase your chances of being successful. In addition, you can consult with your child physician or pediatrician before starting. 

As tempting as it can be, especially after talking to other parents, try not to compare your child to other children who are potty trained. Some children are potty trained by 18 months while others are 3 years. Children are ready at different times and that's perfectly okay, do it when you and your child are ready. If a child hears their parents comparing them to another child it can negatively affect their self esteem and discourage them from wanting to try. 

As far as the their routines, try to keep everything else as normal as possible. Potty training alone will be quite different than their usual routine which can be confusing and cause them to be anxious. 

Is your child ready? Here are some things to look for:

- Generally they start to stay dry during the nights.

- They are able to reach the toilet alone or with your assistance. 

- Their diaper starts to stay drier during the daytime hours.

- They show you that they want to learn. 

- Your child already knows how to dress or undress themselves. 

- They tell you when they need to be changed. 

- Your child will start to tell you when they are about to do it, while they're doing it or after. 

- You will begin to notice facial expressions they usually make when they are peeing or pooping.

- They begin to have bowel movements around the same time each day. 

- You will notice that they start to become more interested in the toilet or using it.

- Your child may begin to want underwear or talk about it.

Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from a few weeks up to a few months to potty train a child, however, when families have children with special needs, it can take longer. I know it can feel like it is never going to happen but don't be discouraged. I promise, your hard work is going to pay off, it'll just take some patience.
Involve your child in the process of preparing for potty training. If they are involved they will be more willing to want to try it. 

Social stories are a great visual to help prepare your child. 

Your child may also enjoy picking out their own potty too. After purchasing a potty of their choice try acting out how a stuffed animal or doll would use it. Make it a fun game for them to try. Many children fear being flushed down the toilet, the sound of the water is too loud and automatic toilets are scary. Some children fear being too high up on a toilet so a small low to the ground potty could be your best choice. 

If your child pees in their diaper, get them involved by asking them to be a part of cleaning themselves. Wiping themselves, getting a new diaper or putting their dirty diaper in the disposal are all great ways to involve them. While they're participating cheer them on, encourage them and say things such as "soon you'll be able to do it all by yourself in your new potty."

Children love to copy what they see, especially when a parent is doing an activity. Let them see you using the bathroom, you can even talk them through the process, explaining how everything is done. Tell them how much you love using the toilet, how much you enjoy not wearing a diaper and that they too will be using their own potty soon. 

Timing is incredibly important, try to choose 7-10 days that you are able to completely devote your time to training your child. Households are very busy so it should be a time that's not too hectic or stressful, ensuring that you have the extra time. 

It's best if your child is drinking more liquids. 

Without mentioning if they need to pee, bring your child to their potty (estimated time 5 minutes) and ask them to sit down. If your child doesn't use the potty you can set an alarm for a half hour and try again. If they did then wait an hour to try it again. An alarm is a great way for your child to know it's time to sit down on the potty and try it again. 

Encouragement and praise are so important. Try not to get upset at them for having accidents, clean them up and quickly move on as it could discourage them from wanting to do it again. Some children are successful by using a reward system. Simple items such as a container of fruit snacks, coins in a piggy bank, a few extra minutes of screen time, a sticker chart or a treasure chest of small toys from the dollar store can go a long way to motivate them. Smaller rewards should be given even when they don't pee as an acknowledgment of their efforts. Rewards should only be given when they try to, or successfully use the potty. Gradually take the rewards away when you notice they are getting the hang of it. 
Make their time on the potty fun by reading books, singing songs, playing with toys or having them watch cartoons. Making this time an enjoyable part of their routine will increase their chances of success.

A very important follow up to using the potty is handwashing. Establishing a good handwashing routine is easier when you make it fun for them. Singing handwashing songs and trying different colored or shaped soaps with different scents may help as well. A popular song choice for handwashing is the Happy Birthday song as it is the correct amount of time required to properly wash your hands . If your child has a social story or visual schedule for potty training, you can add "washing hands" as a good visual reminder for them to see and understand.

Don't push or put too much pressure on your child. Be patient. It may take longer than it takes for other children but they will do it with routine and consistency. 

When your child is successful at potty training and wearing underwear full time, you can even throw them a little party to celebrate. They will be so proud of themselves when they see how pleased you are with them. Potty parties can be different for everyone, do what works for your family. Hang and make decorations, bake cupcakes and play games. Take this time to wave good bye to their diapers so they understand they are gone and won't ask for them later. Congratulate your child on their accomplishment. 
There are a few things you can buy to make this potty training  journey easier for you and your child! 

Trying to use the toilet can be scary at first so you are going to want to get a good sturdy stool if you're planning to use your toilet with a potty seat in order to help them feel more secure and safe. A small portable potty can be taken anywhere making it more accessible and cutting down on anxiety about accidents. 

Finding some potty training books for your child can be very encouraging and it will keep them occupied too. You can also use the books during reading times as well. 

Comfortable clothing is a must. It could be challenging for your child to unbutton their pants so jogging pants are a great option or you can simply let them run around with a diaper or underwear on.

Most kids love YouTube, but did you know that it's also an excellent resource for potty training videos? Check it out for a vast selection of helpfull, encouraging potty training videos.

Plan a shopping date for you and your child so they can choose their very own underwear with their favorite cartoon characters and colors. If you want something a little more thicker you may want to purchase some training pants and vinyl pants to prevent leaks. 
Kids love toys and there's many toys to encourage potty training. One example would be dolls that drink and pee. 

 There's many options out there for these products. Here are some suggestions. 

Potty Seats, Potty Training Stools and Ladders

Potty Training Seat with Ladder & Upgraded Splashguard - Toilet Step Stool for Kids Toddlers w/ Handles. Sturdy, Safe & Adjustable Height w/ Anti Slip Pads. Easy Fold Trainer for Boys Girls
COMFORTABLE W/ ANTI SLIP PADS – Give your child confidence with this potty training seat. Contoured seat offers comfortable and safe seating with anti-slip pads beneath. Fits most standard-size toilets. Created with adjustable legs that accommodate different toilet heights.
BEST SUITED FOR - Standard-size toilet with height at 35-43cm/13.78”-16.93”
ADJUSTABLE STEPS W/ BUILT-IN SPLASH - Removeable splash guard helps keep seat clean. Adjustable wide non-slip step at two heights and handles for easy climbing.
Easy assembly and folding for storage.

Summer Infant My Size Potty, White – Realistic Potty Training Toilet Looks and Feels Like an Adult Toilet – Easy to Empty and Clean
The Summer My Size Potty features the look and feel of an adult toilet to help ensure a comfortable and confident transition to the real thing. The toilet handle features a flushing sound to reward and encourage your little one, and a built in wipe dispenser promotes good hygiene habits. This easy to clean toddler toilet seat includes a removable bowl and an integrated splash guard for boys.

Potty Training Seat with Step Stool Ladder Potty Training Toilet for Kids
Does your baby find it difficult and somewhat scary to use the adult toilet? Don't worry, baby potty training is much easier with this Toilet Step Trainer Ladder!
Your baby can step up and hold on and turn around safely! Much easier than a handle-less stool.
Very easy to assemble too, just take 2 minutes to install it, and your babies are able to help.
Makes your babies independent to go to washroom and gives them feeling of security while on toilet, create independence for them, help to encourage potty use. It is time for kids go to toilet by themselves!

Child Potty Training Chair for Girls (Pink), Handles & Splash Guard - Comfortable Seat for Toddler - Jool Baby
Our Potty Training Chair has handles allowing your child to comfortably gain confidence when using the bathroom as a beginner Specially Designed Splash Guard: Prevents urine from spilling out of the toilet and keeps your bathroom clean! The inner seat of the potty is easy to slide out, empty, and clean.
The stylish pink color is perfect for girls
Includes 10 year Manufacturers warranty
We are a family company that strives to offer the very best products for infants and toddlers. Guided by honest American values, we treat our customers like family and care about your happiness and well-being. 

BabyBjörn Smart Potty Potty train anywhere! Babybjorn smart potty is a compact and convenient potty that you can keep handy for your child to use - both at home and on trips. The potty is comfy for your child to sit on and stays firmly in place on the floor, even when your child is moving around. It's also easy to empty and clean. Smart potty is designed in Sweden and comes in several lovely colors that appeal to both young children and parents.

The First Years Training Wheels Racer Potty System | Easy to Clean and Easy to Use Potty Training Seat
Fun design: Race car design makes potty training fun for your toddler
Easy to clean: A lift-out pot for easy cleaning
Easy to use: High pee shield for less mess
Portable potty seat: Detachable potty ring that you can place on your family toilet
Comfortable and secure: Handles on potty seat help child feel more secure

The Summer My Size Potty Train & Transition is your solution to potty training. Help your little one transition from My Size to real size with this 2-in-1 potty training system. My Size Potty Train & Transition looks and feels just like an adult toilet, making it the perfect tool for fast and effective potty training. The removable, soft foam potty topper can be placed onto the adult toilet for a smooth transition. Features include realistic design and flush sound, soft foam potty topper with storage hook, full-size wipe compartment, removable bowl, and integrated splash guard.

Sesame Street"Framed Friends" Potty Training Combo Kit - Contour Step Stool & Soft Potty
Whether perching on the toilet or reaching for the faucet, your child often needs a little boost. This lightweight and durable step stool features a non-slip surface and skid-resistant rubber footing to prevent unnecessary boo-boos. The contoured shape also nests perfectly to your toilet during potty training.
Use as stool or seat
Skid-resistant rubber surface
Wipe clean
Ideal for the bedroom, playroom, bathroom or kitchen
Maximum weight, 100 lbs.

My Carry Potty - Yellow Travel Potty, Award-Winning Portable Toddler Toilet Seat for Kids to Take Everywhere
Provides consistent potty training for the child to use on the go and in and out of the home to aid routine. Kids can take it to the nursery, on summer holidays and for days out. Easily portable, it also hangs from pushchair handles
Cute character potty with unique handle encourages little ones to take it wherever they go. Your toddler will fall in love with it and be proud to tell you when they've gone to the toilet! Bag-free so it's better for the environment, and easy to empty and clean, with an extra-tall splashguard making it suitable for both boys and girls. The only potty with a leak-proof seal, so there's never any mess

Frog Potty Training Urinal for Boys Toilet with Funny Aiming Target Green
Animal urinal Design that looks and feels just like an adult toilet
Perfect for Toilet Training for Boys between the ages 2 and 6
Frog shape and rotating windmill improves your babies' interest.
Removable Waste Tank so that you can do no-touch cleaning and waste disposal
Strong sucker can adjust the height of the item according to baby.

Whale Potty Training Urinal for Boys Toilet - Dark Blue
Super Suction Cup, Sticks to Tiles, Firm and Reliable.
PERFECT DESIGN-Size : 29 x 19.5 x 17cm/11.42 x 7.68 x 6.69in,Portable Hook Hardware buy Using More Solid .Easy to Install.
BOY TRAINING POTTY - Suitable for 8 month to 6 years old children.
EFFECTIVE TRAINING - Comes with a rotating water wheel to keep your toddler focus on his urine stream during potty training.
PORTABLE AND HYGIENIC - Removable, lightweight and easy to clean

Hallo Potty Training Urinal Boy Urinal Kids Toddler Pee Trainer Bathroom Funny Baby Training Potties(DEEP Blue)
Deepened and widened urinal design, large capacity, not easy to splash out.
Through the cute design, the toddler will feel happy using the potty training chair and reduce the incidence of diaper rash.
Potty-training urinals are manufactured with the utmost quality and by using PP material which is nontoxic and does not give out any odor. It is safe for you and your little one

Peter Potty products are designed to make the potty training process easier - so that you will have more success, with less mess! Whether you are just getting started, looking for a different solution or simply ready to transition your child closer to independence, Peter Potty products are the right choice.
For Toddlers "On Their Way" - If your toddler has already achieved success while sitting, the Peter Potty Toddler Urinal makes it easy to move to a standing position. There is no splash and the dip-shaped basin provides a virtually mess-free result
The Great Reward…REAL WATER FLUSH! - 
Easy to fill, easy to empty - NO PLUMBING REQUIRED!

Potty Training Urinals for Boys, Cute Monkey Potty with Funny Aiming Target Windmill. Improved Safety & Design - New monkey model is now more larger with a smooth curvature bowl to prevent splash/ spillage. Dynamic Rotating Windmill - Fine dynamic rotating upgrade four leaf windmill design, water injection will be rotated, playful and full of lots of fun to the baby.
Portable and Hygienic - Removable, lightweight, the front bow handle is designed, when the mother would clean the toilet, only gently lift it can be washed clean, practical and intimate.
Suitable Age - Perfect for potty training for boys between the ages of 8 months to 5 years old.

Potty Training Timers & Charts

Successful Potty Training in days!
Potty training doesn't have to be so hard!
Potty training a toddler can be a very stressful time for parents but it doesn't have to be! The "I Can Do It" Potty Training Kit now includes most everything parents need to potty train their toddlers! (toddler and potty not included). We've included tools to make Potty Training Easier! We've included a potty training book called I Did It! Potty Bear becomes a Big Bear, a book that will help your child understand what to expect using this system. Children can learn to be a big kid right along with Potty Bear! It even has useful tips from other parents for successful potty training. Kids love to earn their stars!

Potty Training Timer Watch with Flashing Lights and Music Tones -Unicorn Pattern and Potty Training Chart The idea is to have the watch remind your children to go to the toilet or use the potty and not you the parent. Make it fun for your little one.
Your potty training watch has an easy to setup programmable loop in timer for 30m, 60m, 90m, 2H and 3H to remind your little ones when they need to go potty. Turn off the timer at night or whenever you want.
There are flashing lights and music to distract the children from what they are doing to remind them to go to the toilet. Make the Go fun for them and easy for you!
potty training is a huge milestone in any little one’s life which is why it is important to encourage them as soon as they’re ready. There is nothing better than following a system where your child is rewarded each time they use the toilet or portable potty

Potty Training Reward Chart with 4X Waterproof Weekly Charts, 6X Diploma, 600X Colorful Stars. Perfect for Multiple Toddlers’ Motivational Toilet Training
Chart includes 4 discrete WATERPROOF weekly charts for easy use and a Diploma, 600 stars with 6 colors could support multiple kids using.
Each of the charts is sealed by plastic-envelop, 100% waterproof and easy to clean. The stars are soft plastic too so no harmful sharp corner. Bright color catches toddlers’ attention and makes the stars easy to be identified. Each measures 11” X 7”.
Diploma: Bonus Star shaped Rewarding Diploma, all charts printed with Non-toxic high gloss ink and laminated with Anti-curl technology.

Potty Training Chart for Toddlers Animal Design - Magnetic Sticker Chart, Waterproof Magnetic Potty Training Reward Chart, Certificate, 3 Instruction Steps, 35 Magnetic Stickers. Toddler Potty training(toilet training potty) is a huge milestone in any little one’s life, so a interactive potty training chart which get your kids involved in baby potty training is important to encourage them as soon as they’re ready. Unlike other potty training charts toddler ,our potty training chart stickers use durable animal magnets that can last longer and can be use in other toilet training chart.
We know toddler potty training can take time so we included 35 magnetic stickers.

Potty Training Chart for Toddlers - Princess Themed Magnetic Potty Reward Chart with Star Magnets and Crown
Princess themed magnetic reward chart measuring 10”x14” that will capture the engagement of your growing toddler! Each row has step-by-step instructions to help your toddler get comfortable with sitting on the potty training seat and excited for the potty training process. The potty chart includes seven columns that can be used at your own flexibility for each day of the week.
The reward chart includes the entire process, from I asked to go potty, I sat on the potty, I went in the potty, I flushed and washed my hands to I stayed dry. Having the easy to use instructions will motivate your toddler to use the toddler toilet seat or portable potty while staying dry and diaper free.

Learning Resources Time Tracker Mini Visual Timer, Classroom Timer, Hand Washing Timer, Auditory and Visual Cue
Help keep students focused, engaged, and on track for success with the Time Tracker Mini! Perfect for pre-K and up, the Time Tracker is easy for adults to use, and intuitive enough for young learners to understand. Offers unique visual and auditory indicators, including a warning alarm. Total alarm time ranges from 5 minutes to 2 hours, in 5-minute increments.
This timer aids the development of transitional skills by providing a warning cue to indicate the end of an activity, helping students predict and prepare. Can be set to give both an auditory and visual cue to indicate time –- a bonus for students who have deficits in hearing or vision.

Learning Resources Magnetic Visual Time Tracker & Clock, Classroom Accessories, Teacher Aids, 3-Color Lighted Display, Visual & Audio Alarms
Help children learn to manage playtime, homework, and independent reading with this visual timer that sticks to any magnetic surface. Features a 3-color light display and simple-to-program alarms. Alarms can be visual, audio or both. A handy flip-out stand is great for tabletop use.
Our visual timer is now more visible than ever. Features clear, 3-color lighted display and simple-to-program alarms (1 second to 24 hours) plus it adheres to any magnetic surface. Alarms can be visual, audio or both. Use handy flip-out stand for tabletop use. Measures 7"L x 5"H x 1.5"W. Requires 4 AA batteries (not included) and 3 LR44 button-cell batteries (included).

LIL ADVENTS Potty Time Adventures Potty Training Game - 14 Wood Block Toys, Chart, Activity Board, Stickers and Reward Badge for Toilet Training - Busy Vehicles
FOR BUSY PARENTS & THEIR POTTY TRAINERS: Learning to use the potty can be challenging! This potty training game makes it fun for toddlers 18 months & up to ditch the diapers & put on training pants.
This toilet training advent game utilizes the design elements of an advent calendar and a potty training chart. Now your Lil One is instantly rewarded with stickers & hidden wood blocks to encourage successful Deposits.
Even though your Potty Trainer might be unsuccessful at times, they can still show great progress. Reward & motivate them with a themed sticker to place on their activity board.

Kidnovations Premium Potty Training Watch - Toilet Training Timer - Rechargeable Water Resistant Digital Watch Reminder to Go Potty Vibrates and Plays Music Keeps Your Child Entertained at Potty Time
Say Goodbye to Diapers! Potty Training little ones is a challenging time for both parents and children alike. However, it doesn’t have to be so hard or stressful. Make toilet training a fun and easier experience for yourself and your child with the Kidnovations Premium Potty Training Watch. After struggling with their own toilet-training experience with their son, the husband-and-wife team of Kidnovations found a company to create this watch after careful vetting. Serving as a reminder to be aware of “the need to go,” this Potty Training Watch gave their son – and will give your child – the self-confidence needed to be successful.

Princess Potty Training Gift Set with Book, Potty Chart, Star Magnets, and Reward Crown for Toddler Girls. Comes in Castle Gift Box. POTTY PRINCESS TRAINING SET contains everything you need to successfully potty train your child. It is a creative, unique, and fun way to get any child engaged in the potty training process! The 3 piece set includes a fully illustrated rhyming storybook about a little girl who is learning how to use the potty. It includes a chart with magnet reward stars for your child to stay engaged and keep track of progress. The set also includes an adorable Potty Princess felt crown as a fabulous reward! I'M THE POTTY PRINCESS STORYBOOK is a delightful rhyming story written by Jennifer Driscoll and illustrated by Ana Santos about a little girl who wants to stop wearing diapers so that she can be more like a princess. The book features all of the necessary steps a child must go through and includes engaging artwork and references to the chart and crown that are included with this set. 

Potty Training Chart for Toddlers,Boys,Girls - Dinosaur Design - Magnetic Sticker Chart, Waterproof Magnetic Potty Training Reward Chart, Certificate, 3 Instruction Steps, 35 Magnetic Stickers
Toddler Potty training(toilet training potty) is a huge milestone in any little one’s life,so a interactive potty training chart which get your kids involved in potty training is important to encourage them as soon as they’re ready. Unlike other potty training charts toddler ,our potty training chart stickers use durable dinosaur magnets that can last longer and can be use in other training chart.
Babebay Potty Training Sticker Chart comes with playful,cute magnetic stickers designed as various colors dinosaurs that is popular around Boys and girls, with a durable weekly progress potty chart to stick them to out of interest. Your child will love putting the magnetic stickers on the toddler potty chart when they do a good job!

Potty Training Underwear & Underpants 

2 pairs of boys boxer briefs. These organic cotton boxer briefs are sure to become a new favourite!
Q for Quinn addresses everything that gets in the way of safety and comfort - our products are free of harsh chemicals often found in children's clothing and our materials are buttery soft.
95% GOTSCertified Organic Cotton, 5% Elastane
Flatlock seams for comfort
Soft and gentle on skin, and our planet
Free from BPA, Parabens, Formaldehyde, Lead and other toxins commonly found in children's clothing and socks.