It’s time we talk all about toileting. Poos and wees. Yep. We’re going there! Because the reality is, toileting is often a big deal for kids – particularly kids on the spectrum. Today I chat with the ever so knowledgable Occupational Therapist, Di Collis. We cover the topics of chronic constipation, soiling, poo withholding and toilet refusal. All your questions are answered and you are given practical tips that you can implement today to help your child with toileting independently. We talk about medication, establishing routines, sensory processing issues and how to gain your child’s cooperation. This is a must listen if your child is having challenges with this massive life transition!
5 Rapid Fire Questions
1. What is one habit parents can implement today?
Take the time to look up The Continence Foundation website: https://www.continence.org.au/
2. What do people never ask you that you wish they did?
Toilet training a child is a very important part of being a successful mother. So I guess if we look at it the other way around – I think that many might feel that they may have failed on some level as a parent and I guess the question I wished people asked is “is it my fault?”, “is there something I’ve done wrong?”. I think that sometimes underlies a lot of parents feelings. Parents lose confidence easily. I think it’s important that they don’t feel confused, frustrated and disheartened.
3. What book would you recommend all parents read?
“I Can’t, I Won’t, No Way! by Tracey Vessillo
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders
4. What is your top unfinished bucket list items?
To be able to provide an option of toileting workshops and group supports more widely for families.
5. If you could only offer one piece of advice to parents, what would it be?
Form a team with your child through the toileting issues. Once you feel like you are both playing in the game together I think that the experience will be a lot more successful.
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So….until next fortnight, I encourage you to open your mind, respect the differences and above all believe that YOU can make a difference from homebase!
With love and hope,