Delayed Potty Training for Children With Autism

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Potty training a child with autism can be delayed depending on the abilities of the child, but consulting a behavioral specialist can make the process easier. Get help potty training an autistic child with advice from a clinical psychologist in this free video on parenting.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Deborah Wheeler. I'm the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Argosy University, on the Salt Lake City campus. I'm also a clinical psychologist. And today's topic is how to potty train a developmentally disabled or delayed child with autism. Of course, potty training is a challenge for all parents regardless of their child's abilities. Potty training, though, with an autistic child is something you should expect to have delays. You can only do so much with that child because of their abilities, their physiology, their age, and their understanding. Make sure that you con consult someone who is a behavioral expert who can help you address not only those problems, but toilet training issues as well. Your child will need additional attention. You'll need to work with your caregivers. You'll need to make sure you have a full plan, together with others who will also be working with that child. Make sure that you consult and get some additional behavioral training help. That will make the process smoother, both for you as a parent and for the caregivers, as well as the child. If you'd like more information on this topic, or any others that we can help you with on parenting please contact us at


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