Autism Hygiene and Self-Help Skills: Help Your Child Learn Greater Independence

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Teaching children with autism hygiene and self-help skills can seem daunting and difficult. 

But I’d like to set your mind at ease. As someone has said, “This isn’t rocket science.” Sometimes we may think it's as hard as rocket science, but it’s not.

Of course, our kids may not learn as quickly and easily as regular kids. It’s true that a lot of regular kids can learn by simply watching their Mom and Dad, and their brothers and sisters.

But our kids can learn, too. Sure, it takes a lot of patience and sometimes a lot more instruction from us. But I can assure you, most kids with autism can learn how to tie their shoes, wash their hands, and use the restroom.

Speaking of using the restroom, I know that potty training can be a challenge even for parents of regular children. Training kids with autism is a much more daunting task for those of us with autistic children.

My first post is about toilet training. I truly believe that skill is the one of most worrisome items on a parent’s to-do list. 

I know it was for me. I tried everything I could find to teach my son to be toilet-trained. In the end, I asked God for help because I needed it.

To make a long story short, I developed a technique that is especially well-suited for children with autism. 

Other autism hygiene and self-help skills that our kids must learn are also important, but I believe they won’t present as much of a challenge as toilet training. 

I am here, however, to help with those skills as well.

But first, let’s dive in and start with toilet training.

Possible chalkboard drawingBelieving it's possible for our children to learn makes it possible.

Autism Hygiene and Self-Help Skills: How to Potty Train Your Child With Autism

Are you concerned that your child is still in diapers or pull-ups while all the other kids his age are well past that stage? 

Before my son was trained, I felt exactly the same way. 

And as I mentioned earlier, I tried every technique I could find, but nothing worked for my son because no one method works for every child.

In the end, I had to develop my own potty training program. Unlike the other techniques I tried, this procedure works with rather than against an autistic child’s tendency to avoid changes in his or her habits and routines.

There’s so much to know about potty training that I'm working on a book that I plan to publish soon. 

But I know what it’s like to want to get started with toilet training as soon as possible. If you have a child who needs to be trained, I doubt that you want to wait for me to publish my book.

So I’d like to start you off with a summary of what worked for us, and a few hints to get you going. 

Click or touch here to learn more. 

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