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Toileting Needs & Toilet Training

Teaching children to use the toilet can be stressful for any parent and there is no right way to do it. However, there are some strategies that you can follow which might make things a little easier.

For some children with disabilities toilet training may require a little more time while other children may never achieve complete independence, although having a toileting programme will help ensure a child is treated with dignity and respect.

Children can have difficulties with continence for a number of reasons. Sometimes these difficulties are short term but some children may need longer term support.

Children have a right to attend school regardless of any toileting difficulties. It is important to talk to the school about any support that your child will need.

The Hampshire County Council Specialist Teacher Advisory Service (Physical Disability) can provide toileting support to schools and parents:

The Local Offer page for the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service (including their contact details) can also be found under related services on the right of this page.

Guidance for schools and early years settings can also be found on the right hand side of this page.

Advice and information for who?

Providing advice and information for staff and parents who have children in mainstream school with toileting difficulties.

Also provide advice and information for staff and parents who have children with physical disabilities or other Special Educational Needs with toileting difficulties, when there is not an Occupational Therapist already involved with the child.

What support is on offer and who is this for?

• Children / young people from pre-school through to secondary school age.

• In pre-schools, we tend to get involved in the term before they start school if they simply have never been toilet trained but can go in earlier than that if there are issues such as constipation.

• A large proportion of our referrals are for children who are soiling due to constipation.

• We are also involved with children who have phobias or fears of the toilet and children with Autism or Downs Syndrome whose parents don’t really know where to start with toileting.

• Sometimes we become involved supporting children with physical disabilities who have not yet been toilet trained, but most of our referrals are for mainstream children.

• Providing follow up support and advice to parents and staff as needed.

What happens when we receive the referral?

Once we receive the referral, we meet at school with parents and relevant support staff in order to initially carry out an assessment.

Then set up an appropriate toileting plan to be implemented both at school and at home.

We then arrange follow up meetings in order to ensure that progress is being made.

How long we stay involved with a school depends on how quickly the child progresses.

Some cases require just a couple of visits, while others require more lengthy involvement.

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