Note:

The following suggestions and links are provided for your interest and convenience. These suggestions are provided as a general guideline only and do not constitute professional advice nor represent an endorsement of the products. You are encouraged to consider your own individual needs and preferences before choosing any resources to use with your child or children.

Reference Book: ‘One Step at a Time – A Parent’s Guide to Toilet Skills for Children with Special Needs’.

Reference Book: ‘One Step at a Time – A Parent’s Guide to Toilet Skills for Children with Special Needs’.

Published 2010 by the Victorian Continence Resource Centre. A booklet and set of tip sheets with practical suggestions. Visual cues also available through the Victorian Continence Resource Centre website: http://continencevictoria.org.au/one-step-at-a-time/

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Information Booklet:  Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits in Schools.

Toilet Tactics for Australian Primary Schools: Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits in Schools - 2018 Online Resource

A resource kit designed for Australian primary schools to raise awareness of healthy bladder and bowel habits. Resources include: school toilet checklist, information for teachers, resources and activities for students, where to seek advice and more. This is a recently updated online version developed by the Continence Foundation of Australia. Register for free to download and access resources: https://continence.org.au/pages/healthy-bladder-and-bowel-habits-in-schools.html

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Reference Book: 'Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum - A Guide for Professionals'

Reference Book: 'Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum - A Guide for Professionals'

This professional reference book was written by Eve Fleming (paediatrician) and Lorraine MacAlister (Autism Consultant) from the UK and published in 2016. This is a comprehensive and practical book that covers the impact of autism on toilet training, preparation, bladder and bowel control and understanding behaviour. It includes useful charts and assessment tools. Recommended reading for educators and allied health professionals in the paediatric field.

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The Bristol Stool Chart (for Children)

The Bristol Stool Chart (for Children)

This chart is a tool used very widely in conjunction with a bowel diary as part of a medical assessment to identify dysfunctional bowel patterns. Many toilet training difficulties can be related to underlying bowel dysfunction and early identification and treatment is strongly recommended. This chart is a useful guideline to assist discussions with medical and allied health professionals about your child. Copies are freely available through your medical practitioner or online or The Continence Foundation of Australia: https://www.continence.org.au/pages/soiling.html

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Children’s Book:  ‘Softy the Poop’

Children’s Book: ‘Softy the Poop’

Author: Dr Thomas DuHamel (US paediatric psychologist). Published 2014. An illustrated story to encourage healthy conversations between children and their parents about poo. Particularly useful for children with constipation. Available through bookstores.

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Children's Book:  Come Out Mr. Poo!

Children's Book: Come Out Mr. Poo!

Author: Janelle McGuinness Published 2017. A colourful illustrated storybook with a clear, simple text. Useful story to share with children who show avoidance of the toilet for bowel motions. Available through bookstores.

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Children's Book: 'So You Think You Can Wipe?'

Children's Book: 'So You Think You Can Wipe?'

Author: Amber Hope Published 2015. A colourful storybook with a simple and humorous text about the toilet routine. Particularly useful for children learning to wipe their bottom. Available through bookstores.

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Children's Book: 'Whose Poo?'

Children's Book: 'Whose Poo?'

Author: Jeanette Rowe Published 2005. A brightly illustrated and engaging lift-the-flap book for young children. Website: http://www.jeannetterowe.com.au/whose_books.html

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Children’s Books:  ‘Toilet Time for Boys’ / ‘Toilet Time for Girls’

Children’s Books: ‘Toilet Time for Boys’ / ‘Toilet Time for Girls’

Published 2014 by Hinkler Books. A clearly illustrated board book with ‘flush’ sound button for young children. Available through bookstores.

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Animated DVD:  ‘Are You Ready?

Animated DVD: ‘Are You Ready?

Original DVD published in 2001 and then updated in 2014. Published by Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (Government of South Australia). This DVD includes the popular toilet training animation: ‘Tom’s Toilet Triumph’ with additional boy and girl toileting sequences. This presents a short, animated story about learning to use the toilet with realistic step-by-step instruction. Suitable for all ages. NOTE: This product is no longer available for purchase through Service SA. Available for loan through the South Australian public library service.

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