AARC Tip of the Month - February 2018
Toilet Training

Toilet training young children with ASD can often be challenging for parents or caregivers. If you are struggling with toilet training, check out the following links for some tips:

"Toilet Training: A Parent's Guide," produced by Autism Speaks:

"Toilet Training," produced by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Autism:

"Toilet Training: children with autism spectrum disorder," produced by Raising Children Network

Are you are interested in using visual supports like those mentioned in these articles, but are not sure where to find them? Contact the AARC at aarc@sesa.org!  AARC specialists can create visuals and mail them to you for free! 
If you are aware of other Autism Awareness Month events that you would like included in the Tip of the Month, please send the details to aarc@sesa.org

Sensory-Friendly Storytime Loussac Library, Anchorage 2/17/18 1 PM - 2 PM
Free and open to the public: Lean more
Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Loussac Library, Anchorage
1 PM - 2 PM
Free and open to the public:  Lean more
Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Loussac Library, Anchorage
1 PM - 2 PM
Free and open to the public:  Lean more
Autism Awareness Bookfair Barnes & Noble,
3/31/18 11 AM - 6 PM
Free and open to the public: Learn more
Autism Awareness Bookfair Barnes & Noble,
4/14/18 11 AM - 6 PM
Free and open to the public: Learn more
Anchorage Walks for Autism O'Mally Sports Center, Anchorage 4/28/18 12 PM - 2 PM
Learn more
Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) Library. Search for books on the  SESA website, or contact the librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907-334-1301 

Electronic books may be accessed from anywhere in the state. If you've used our ebooks before,  go to the login page here.  If you haven't, please contact Anne so she can set up a username and password for you.  Learn more about ebooks here.

You can also look for additional articles in a variety of databases by using SLED, which is available for free for all Alaskans:  http://lam.alaska.gov/sled
Autistic Logistics: A parent's guide to tackling bedtime, toilet training, tantrums, hitting, and other everyday challenges
By: Kate C. Wilde
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.
ISBN:  9781849057790

Description: Wilde tackles the day-to-day issues that arise from having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She shows you tried-and-tested techniques to help you transform the challenges of home life and create harmony. By supporting your child's need for control, rather than fighting against it, you can have transformative results.
No More Diaper [for boys]
Written and Illustrated by: Esther Smith
Publication Consultants, 2012.
ISBN:  9781594332876 

Description: "While being designed specifically for boys on the Autism Spectrum, and boys with other Developmental Delays, this book can certainly be used for all boys who are learning to go "potty" on the toilet."--Page 4 of cover.
No More Diaper [for girls]
Written and Illustrated by: Esther Smith
Publication Consultants, 2008.
ISBN:  1594330697

Description: Written specifically for girls with autism and other developmental delays, this book can also be used for all girls learning to use the toilet.
The Potty Journey: Guide to toilet training children with special needs, including autism and related disorders
By: Judith A. Coucouvanis
Autism Asperger Pub. Co., c2008.
ISBN:  193457516X

Description: The unique characteristics of children with autism and related disorders present challenges in potty training. The book offers a different set of strategies.
Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum (ASD): A guide for professionals
By: Eve Fleming and Lorraine MacAlister
Foreword by: Penny Dobson
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9781784500702

Description: This book looks at toilet training difficulties for children with autism spectrum conditions, and presents practical interventions to help children overcome these problems. Packed with essential information on bowel and bladder function, this book also gives helpful advice for developing and implementing a toilet plan in different settings.
Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues: A comprehensive guide for parents & teachers
By: Maria Wheeler
2nd ed. Future Horizons, c2007.
ISBN:  1932565493

Description: Toilet training can become a battleground for caregivers and children alike, especially if the child has autism or other developmental challenges. Learn methods that avoid making the child feel like a failure.
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