Toilet learning is a big milestone on the road to independence. When your child is ready to transition from pull-ups or diapers, our teachers will work closely with you and your child to support toileting success. Our objective is to transition from high frequency adult prompting to child-initiated toileting. Successful toilet learning is achieved when the child recognizes the need to toilet and is able to use the washroom independently most of the time. Accidents may still happen from time to time, but with declining frequency. We will celebrate successes along the way and work through any setbacks together. Five consecutive days of attendance accident-free in underwear at school with only the regular class group prompts is our measure of success.
We use teacher prompting at regular intervals to support your child in toileting success. At the beginning of training, we suggest prompting and taking the child to the toilet every 30 minutes. We will encourage your child to sit on the toilet each time, for a couple of minutes. This provides practice in the toileting routine of pants on and off, flushing, and washing, even if there isn’t a ‘hit’ each time. We will chart our prompting process and ask you to do the same at home so we have shared data to build toileting success. In the school, it is not possible to have a child that has the potential for numerous accidents to participate without wearing a pull-up. We require one week of success – no accidents at home or school between bathroom visits (with both of us prompting every half hour), before we switch to underwear at school.