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Ready, Set, Potty!: Toilet Training for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders Paperback – August 15, 2010

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A good book to read if you are about to start a potty training programme and full of tips and ideas if you feel you have tried everything and failed. -- Cerebra Newsbeat Each step has a wealth of ideas and tips; with some having case studies showing examples of the step in action. I found these steps really easy to follow, and useful in giving me ideas on how to individualise the programme for my child. The final chapters give a brief summary for each step, some invaluable tips and answer frequently asked questions, all of which help to provide a really useful book... I feel this book is an invaluable aid to interested professionals working with children with special needs. As a tool, many of the resources can be made and easily individualised for families to enable them to have a positive and successful experience of toilet training. -- GAP (Good Autism Practice) What sets this book apart from other toilet training books is that Ms. Batts explains why potty training efforts tend to fail. Her clear behavioral plan and experienced insights will help countless children finally succeed at this essential skill. -- Bonnie Arnwine, Founder, National Autism Resources Brenda does an excellent job of connecting with her audiences and in providing workable solutions to issues faced by parents and those who provide services to individuals affected by an autism spectrum disorder. Her approaches get results. People who have attended the workshops Brenda has offered for Region 17 Education Service Center have commented on getting results using her approaches. Her workshops continue to be talked about and remembered long after they are over. -- Dr. David Jenkins, Educational Service Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA This is a book I REALLY wish I had around when I was potty training my son Aiden. Ready, Set, Potty! is filled with fabulous ideas and I am actually going to use some with my daughter Olivia. She is developmentally "normal" but utterly oppsed to the idea of using the potty so I am sure the ideas in this book will help. If you are the parent of a special needs kid be sure to get this book - I am CERTAIN it will be a great help in your quest to toilet train that child!!! It is very easy to read and 100% practical. The ideas are doable for every family. I am happy to recommend Ready, Set, Potty! -- Tara's View on Books I was mesmerized by Brenda's system. It made so much sense to me, and I was eager to get my Bella out of diapers. I followed Brenda's instructions to the letter and sure enough, after 48 hours, Bella had released into the toilet several times and was on her way to success. Previous attempts meant literally hours sitting on the toilet with no success, only to have a puddle on the floor seconds after leaving the bathroom. Go ahead, Pamper yourself. Get the book. -- Age of Autism Behavioral consultant Brenda Batts has written the instructions parents need to successfully guide a child along the path toward bathroom independence. "... it is imperative to understand that our children are more like us than they are different," she says. Using this premise as the foundation, Batts shows how to create a simple, intelligent, logical process that a child will not find difficult to follow. Many of her techniques may also be used in other areas of life that need logic and clarification... Batts is terrific at presenting instructional material in a clear, easy-to-follow manner. She has structured her book in a way that allows for easy cover-to-cover reading but which also lends itself to later reference... Also evident in the text is Batt's utmost respect for her readers and their children; it shows in her treatment of the subjects in her examples. As the mother of a child with developmental disorders, she knows exactly what it's like to struggle with challenges like potty training, and offers warm understanding in addition to useful advice... Care givers who need a useful, creative, and structured potty training program will do well to start with Ready, Set, Potty. -- ForeWord Reviews In her helpful new book, Ready, Set, Potty: Toilet Training for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders [September 2010, Jessica Kingsley Publishers] Brenda Batts provides an easily accessible, informative guide complete with charts and tips for parents and teachers geared towards achieving successful, independent toilet training for the disabled child. -- Cindi Matthews - frugalnewenglandkitchen.com

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Toilet training to suit your child that looks beyond the traditional methods.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub (August 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849058334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849058339
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By nom de femme VINE VOICE on September 13, 2010
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If you're trying to potty train an individual with developmental delays - in my case, a grandson with autism - read absolutely every book on the subject that you can, including this one. If you've been at it a while, you know as I do that it will be years before you can say, well that's over with. There will be setbacks aplenty during the course of the training. You need to arm yourself with every trick in existence. We have had many reversals in our journey toward independent pottying that were mostly the result of upheavals in routine (dad got a job that took him out of state for weeks at a time, mom got a job, and grandma took over a lot of care giving, went to a new school, etc.) Each time it was like starting all over again.

Ready, Set, Potty! has a lot of good things to try when you first set up your procedures. Suggestions for enticements: music, a favorite cartoon character, DVDs, reward tracking and gold stars - it's all good. And it will probably be necessary to go from one favorite thing to another as the training progresses, so it's nice to have a list of options to refer to. One I hadn't used that the author mentions is decorating the child's underwear as a reward. Some will work with your individual, some won't, of course.

There were two things about this otherwise good book on the subject of potty training that made me grind my teeth: One was that the author said on more than one occasion, "And 36 hours later...Success!" As though there is ever a case where a special needs child just suddenly "gets it" and that's that. Even the title suggests that this will all be over in a quick 1-2-3. You may have your first positive experiences relatively early in the training, but it ain't over til it's over, and that could be three years later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Senecal VINE VOICE on November 2, 2010
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My wife and I have a 4-year-old daughter on the Autism Spectrum. She is also developmentally delayed. Like many (most) kids with her condition, getting her potty trained has been something of a chore, to say the least. This book caught my eye, and I figured "Why not?". Although we've yet to try it out (just finished the book) this may be the ticket.

I think the book is very well written. Ideas are presented plainly, and in an easy-to-understand fashion. The author apparently has a lot of experience in helping special needs children get potty trained, so she's had a lot of experience explaining what needs to be done to a lot of parents, and it shows. She presents the various steps that need to be undertaken and explains why they need to be done, along with the various considerations. Each section also has several case studies, allowing the reader to see how the ideas presented in that section were used/adapted for children in different circumstances.

If I could think of one downside to the book it would be that it is unable to provide guidance should a person's circumstance be different from those described and addressed in the book. This isn't the author's fault, of course. It's just the nature of things: a book can't always address the special circumstances of every person. However, I think there's enough presented here that a parent can get something together that should work in many, if not most, cases. I suspect some creativity, and even trial-and-error, will be needed.

The author suggests a lot of things I hadn't thought of before, such as decorating the bathroom. Seems obvious, now that I think about it. Our daughter *loves* our Nintendo Wii (it's about the only thing she really loves), so some Nintendo decor may be coming our way soon!

Having finally finished the book I'm now ready to have my wife look it over, and then we'll give it a go. I'll try and report back as to how successful the potty training went. I'm optimistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Reninger on April 12, 2012
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Ready, Set, Potty! begins with an explanation of the importance of potty training--it means independence for those with developmental disorders. The key is to create an individualized program that will teach the necessary skills and achieve the desired outcome. The program needs to be well structured with order, predictability, and routine. These components are especially important for training children with autism and similar disorders. Order provides clarity of instruction. Predictability molds expectations and outcomes. Routine creates consistency in action, allowing the learner to walk through the same steps to achieve the desired outcome.

The heart of the book is the seventeen-step process to achieve potty success. None of the steps is complicated but the number is daunting. But the issue is also very important and very worth the effort. Several principles make this program successful. The motivators (to remain on the potty) and rewards (for success at being trained) are tailored to the individual child. The child is often referred to as "more like us adults than they are different," so the parent can realize that there isn't some mysterious method that will succeed. Children's communication is often non-verbal. Adapting the training method is accomplished by using picture books and simple charts or visual guides on what to do. Practical experience is emphasized throughout and many examples are used (including from what the author did for her son Alex).

Each chapter ends with tips for parents, teachers, and caregivers. The chapters also have some questions to help the reader personalize the information presented. Pages 118 to 122 have a handy checklist for all the steps of the program. With this in hand, the reader can know that they are fully prepared to start the Ready, Set, Potty! program.
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