Sensory sensitivity often results in emotional sensitivity and sensory aversion. How could it not? They quickly learn that they get overwhelmed in situations that others do not. They don’t know how to handle being overwhelmed, and the adults around them might not either. Better to just avoid anything they don’t already find comfortable. And even…… Continue reading Do You Have a “Sensory” Kid Who Resists…Everything?
“Night training” is the training stage in which the goal is to achieve continence of urine overnight. This is accomplished by marrying awareness of physiological readiness with behavioral strategies. It is not something you wait for. It is something you actively work on with your autistic child. Just because your child won’t be dry at…… Continue reading Dry All Night Long? What is Different for the Child with Autism
This question is fairly easy to answer: the adults build their OWN toilet training skills first! Why is that critical to success? Because kids with ASD will need trainers with better observational skills, better ability to adapt the environment and their prompts, and better understanding that the job isn’t done until the child is 100%…… Continue reading How Do You Start Potty Training with an Autistic Child?
Lots of my pediatric clients with low muscle tone are toilet trained. But…they still have bladder accidents well after being trained. They are upset by this. Their parents and their teachers aren’t too happy either. They reach for the pencil they dropped, or lift up their backpack, and leak a little urine. Sometimes more…… Continue reading Reduce Potty Accidents in Hypotonic (Low Toned) Kids: Teach Them a Modified Valsalva Maneuver