Tips from ABA: Potty Training

Potty Training Tips

Potty training is an exciting developmental milestone for kids, but can also be a challenging and daunting time for parents and caregivers. Every child has unique needs and motivation, so traditional methods may not work for all kids.

Here are some tips from our ABA team to hopefully help to with potty training at home:

Make sure your kid is ready for potty training.

  • Do they understand wet vs. dry?
  • Do they show signs of needing to go?
  • Do they have the ability to initiate– communicate and indicate?

Be willing to commit and be consistent.

  • Stick to the potty schedule – sometimes the schedule is going every 15 minutes to start (or even 10!)
  • Ditch the diapers, unless they’re sleeping. Be prepared for accidents!

Fluids and salty foods.

Make sure your kids are drinking fluids and eating salty foods. This will give them plenty of opportunities to need to use the bathroom.

Catch them doing good.

Praise them when they are dry, and reinforce when they go in the bathroom. Use consistent and preferred reinforcement and rewards.

Phrase it as a statement, not a question.

Say “We are going to the potty” rather than “Do you need to go?” When phrased as a question, they have the opportunity to say no.


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