Toilet Training Support

 

We are your local toilet training experts!

We were featured in the February 2015 issue of Minnesota Parent! 

Toilet training can be easy with a bit of science! Using the evidence-based techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can significantly reduce training days, accidents, and unwanted behavior. Our approach breaks down the complex task of potty training into baby steps. Because we know that children learn quickest through repetition in a short period of time, we increase fluid intake temporarily to increase opportunities to practice. We carefully apply and then fade out positive reinforcement. Our goal is to use artificial motivators minimally and to ensure that the child doesn’t become expectant of a motivator.

There is not one method of potty training that works with every child. For this reason, we help you identify the necessary components to set your child up for success. We also help you identify necessary prerequisite skills to teach, such as compliance with instructions, and ability to transition to less preferred activities. Unlike traditional potty training methods, our procedure focuses on teaching the child to initiate use of the toilet, which minimizes accidents.

Start with our FREE Toilet Training Get Started Kit!

  1. Toilet Training Progress Log – Use this to collect baseline information to guide your first steps. Use your child’s data to make decisions about next steps throughout the toilet training process.
  2. Why Should I Use Reinforcement? – You’ll learn why potty training is one skill that we recommend an artificial system of reinforcement temporarily to teach the new skill
  3. Guide to Wise and Efficient Use of Reinforcement – You’ll learn how to apply reinforcement to ever-changing behavioral criteria (i.e., baby steps) in order to prevent dependency on or expectation of reinforcement.
  4. Top 4 Toilet Training Baby Steps – Every child we have supported to use the toilet has mastered these 4 steps at some point or another. Use this guide to identify where to start with your child.
  5. How to Gradually Fade Reinforcement – Now that your child has mastered potty training, we recommend you gradually eliminate any extra reinforcement you added to teach the skill.  Get your FREE Toilet Training Get Started Kit!

We also have an educational workshop OnDemand!

In “The Ins and Outs of Toilet Training,” we review the literature supporting our approach, as well as all the tips and tricks we have learned over the years in training hundreds of children to use the toilet. We filmed this for rental, as parents were attending our in-person event and reporting success with toilet training thereafter. Our approach can be effective if you are planning to gradually teach your child over days/weeks or more rapidly. A 30-minute phone consultation is included with the rental of our workshop OnDemand.

Tricky cases

If your child is struggling with learning to use the toilet for bowel movements or is experiencing constipation as a result of holding his/her bowel, we recommend scheduling a complimentary, 30-minute phone consultation as soon as possible. Behavioral intervention addressing an underlying pattern of avoidant behavior outside the context of toilet training is necessary. We are the experts with a track record of success when families have “tried everything.”

Many parents have been able to attend our in-person or virtual events and successfully teach their child to use the toilet without further consultation. If you should require further consultation after renting the video, we recommend our Behavioral Consultation to Parents service.

Readiness Criteria

  • Your child is at least 2 years old. If your child is younger than 2 years old, and meets the readiness criteria below, he or she may be ready for potty training!
  • Your child’s doctor has not identified any medical conditions that would preclude bladder or bowel control. (please inform consultant if your child experiences irregularity of bowel or constipation)
  • Your child is able to pull his/her pants/shorts/underwear down independently. Most children learn this as part of the toilet training process.
  • Your child willingly accepts physical guidance/assistance
  • Your child is able to tolerate and understand delayed rewards
  • Your child isn’t experiencing other significant changes such as the birth of a sibling or starting a new daycare.
  • If your child hasn’t shown interest in the toilet, we can help! This isn’t a prerequisite.