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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Even with help from Ms. Batts personally, this did not work for our child.Published 4 months ago by Sheila G.
Very helpful to my daughter. My grandson is autistic and still processing the idea of the potty. This book really helps.Published 16 months ago by Mazzie1947
it was very difficult to try and potty train my son. i only took bits and peices from the book that i felt would benefit him, within a week he was going on the potty like he has... Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Kaela
I bought it for my daughter to help with potty training my grandson. She said there were several helpful things in it.Published on January 29, 2014 by Val B
I. Was not aware of pottey training an autistic child was such a common problem. It relievrd some of my apprehensions.Published on September 15, 2013 by Patti Van Cleve
After many unsuccessful attempts to potty train our 3,5 years old daughter with ASD I found this book and decided to give it a try. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Piotr
I was desperate to get my autistic son to potty train so I tried these books and the methods but nothing worked. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by M. Genei
I love this book, I used it for my 4 year old ASD boy never thought it would work but hopeful. After trying all other things I was prepared to give this a go and it was great. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by kerryw123