Books About Teaching Autistic Children to Use Potty for Au Pairs and Nannies

Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues by Maria Wheeler

Individuals with autism are reportedly one of the most difficult populations to toilet train. This second edition offers effective strategies that take the child’s physical and emotional sensitivities into account instead of trying to force traditional methods. Easy-to-read bulleted lists offer more than 200 do’s and don’ts, along with over 50 real-life examples, to help make the process more of a lesson and less of a battle for all involved. The young trainee will learn to overcome fear of the bathroom, properly use toilet paper, flush once, wash hands, and more. The toilet trainer will learn how to overcome challenges caused by communication needs, sensory sensitivities, motor challenges, anxiety levels, etc.

Teach Toileting: A Revolutionary Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Special Needs By Deborah Bialer

With this approach you will conquer your potty challenges right now. The change to the location of the bathroom is difficult for your child, not purposeful resistance to toileting. These ideas are unconventional and may seem strange. Stick with the program; have confidence. This method of toilet training works for children who are Autistic as well as children with Fragile X, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, PDD, Non-Verbal and other developmental disabilities.

The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders by Judith A. Coucouvanis

Toilet training children with autism and related disorders is fraught with countless challenges stemming from the very core of their unique characteristics. The communication and sensory issues alone can create formidable barriers. As a result, typical strategies are frequently ineffective when used with children with special needs. Using a no-nonsense, often humorous approach, Judith Coucouvanis, MA, APRN, BC, shares strategies that have produced remarkable results for parents of children with autism and related disorders nationwide. Promising no “quick fixes,” The Potty Journey systematically guides you through the entire toileting journey, step-by-step, to the ultimate destination – dry pants.


  1. Thank you for these resources. I am currently working for a family with 3 boys. The middle boy is so obviously moderatley autistic. Currently the mother is in denial big time. I tried to tell her, preschool teachers are telling her, pediatrician made referrals to specialists but she gets angry when we suggest that he may have developmental delays or autism type problem.So we are approaching potty training and the boy isn't doing well at all. He actually goes outside to pee and poop in back yard. I am not kidding. Middle of night they found him doing it!!!He also has rubbed his poop on the walls in the evenings three times. He will poop in underwear then "paint" the walls with it.I think it is the loud toilet so I do not make him flush. The mom will realize the issue I think when he enters Kindergarten next year and will fall behind.In the meantime, I will read these books. Thanks so so much for this great site for nannies!!

  2. Anonymous,Hopefully this link will help you and his teachers. The top two are handouts that address some of the things you and the others are dealing with in helping the Mom adapt to the developmental issues of her child.It is from the NAEYC Annual Conference Handouts Link. Hope it can help.Lisa, DCTeaching Caregiver

  3. I think nannies working with children with developmental delays should join online support groups. Free and so helpful. I think most caregivers shy away from jobs with challenges. But we should go for it and make a positive change in these kids lives. These books are great.Prof Nanny Stockbridge GA

  4. Thank you for this lists of books. I have felt so alone and isolated on this topic of potty training. The parents are in denail that their son is not just a "late bloomer." The son seems fine some days, other days not. I hope these resources will help him successfully potty train.

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