Parts 13 & 14: Interfering Factors
PART 13. Refusal to Participate In Toilet Training
If your child is refusing to participate in toilet training:
- Make sure he knows what you want him to do
- Look at any fears or anxieties your child may have related to the bathroom.
- Make sure your toilet training routine is set and that you are consistent when using it.
- Reward small successes. You may have to break the routine down into smaller steps so that your child can experience some success sooner.
- You may need to reassess where your child is in the process. Take another look because there may have been some changes since your initial assessment. Review our Getting Started Assessment.
For additional help, see Part 25: Troubleshooting Toilet Training.
PART 14. Medical Factors
Some physiological conditions can cause a child to experience either frequent wetting and leaks or the inability to urinate as needed. Your child’s pediatrician is a good place to start if you have questions about frequent or infrequent urination.
Constipation is another condition that may interfere with toilet training. Consult with your child’s doctor or nurse if you are concerned that your child has constipation. Autism Speaks offers a good resource with information on helping to manage constipation in children.
Some medications can cause elimination problems. Consult with your child’s pediatrician and/or pharmacist for information regarding side effects of the medications your child is taking that may affect toilet training.
Toilet Training Tool Kit
- Parts 1 & 2: Getting Started
- Part 3: Toilet Training Steps
- Part 4: Developing a Toileting Plan
- Part 5: Habit Training
- Part 6: Creating a Calm & Welcoming Bathroom Environment
- Part 7: Communicating with Your Child
- Part 8: Fear of New Situations
- Part 9: Using Rewards
- Part 10: Toilet Training Away From Home
- Part 11: Cooperation Between Home and School or Daycare
- Part 12: Dealing With Your Own Anxieties and Frustrations
- Parts 13 & 14: Interfering Factors
- Part 15: Diapers & Pull-Ups During Toilet Training
- Parts 16 & 17: Toilet Training Older Children
- Part 18: Success at Home But Not at School or Vice Versa
- Part 19: Use of Books, Videos & Other Visuals
- Part 20: Toilet Training at Night
- Part 21: Handling Accidents
- Part 22: Increasing Independence With Toileting
- Part 23: Using a Visual Schedule
- Parts 24 & 25: Regression & Troubleshooting
- Parts 26 & 27: References & Resources