Toilet Training with Autism, Free Visual Aids.

Toilet Training with autism
Toilet Training with autism

I am not going into detail on toilet training today (we will come to that at a later date). Instead I am going to share some free visuals that might help you out. Toilet training can be a long journey for many kids with autism for many different reasons. Using visuals to support understanding is really important for children with communication challenges.

There are lots of great toilet training visuals out there but I found for us many were either not detailed enough or too detailed. I also struggled to find pictures of poo and wee or a boy standing up to wee. So I asked my mum to make us some.

Toilet Training with autism
Toilet Training Visual Aids

Toilet Training Visual Schedules

I like to use visual schedules with my kids. It is good to have a clear process of steps that you can follow. However going to the toilet isn’t always the same, you might need a wee or a poo, or both. Boys might want to stand rather than sit to do a wee. I think it’s helpful that all of these processes are understood so I have created a couple of different schedules.

Toilet Training with autism
Toilet Training Visual schedules

I recommend printing and cutting out the ones you want to use and laminating them, I have some tips on doing this in my making PECS cards post.

Free washing hands poster

I wanted to make sure we included detailed steps while keeping it short so we have gone for 6 steps in our washing hands poster:

  1. Turn on Tap
  2. Wet Hands
  3. Rub Hands with Soap
  4. Rinse Hands
  5. Turn Off Tap
  6. Dry Hands
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Hand washing poster

Toilet Training Visuals pack

This pack which is free to download includes:

  • Doing a poo on the toilet
  • Doing a wee in the toilet
  • How to wash your hands
  • Visual aids
  • Picture Exchange Communication /PECS Cards
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The Autism Page Toilet Training Visuals

Books about going to the toilet

Books are a great way to use visuals to learn. Here are some of our favourite toilet training books. Please note these are affiliate links, if you purchase from the links I may recieve a commission this is at no additional cost to you.

More toilet training information and visuals

If these visuals don’t work for you there are some great options over on And Next Comes L.

Eric the Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity is a very good place for information on toilet training.

You can ask your health visitor, school or pre-school for a referral to speak to a continence nurse who can assist with toilet training advice.

Toilet Training with autism
Building Attention

My Building Attention eBook might be of interest. It contains tips on getting attention and 23 fun activities. 

It is designed to support young children that struggle with attention and communication.  Each activity can be completed quickly using household items.

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11 Comments

  1. Lizzie
    23rd January 2020 / 9:13 am

    This is so helpful – thank you. Both my boys prefer to stand up too and it’s hard to find the right pictures.

    • admin
      Author
      23rd January 2020 / 9:20 am

      It made such a difference when my son realised he could stand up. It’s the only way he will go in unfamiliar toilets

  2. 28th January 2020 / 6:03 am

    I’m sure these resources will be so helpful! I’ve just downloaded an app called poo goes to poo land for my daughter to help her with understanding about doing poos on the toilet. #kcacols

    • admin
      Author
      28th January 2020 / 7:00 am

      Yes we have that app. Hope it helps your daughter, my 4 yr old thinks it’s hilarious

  3. 28th January 2020 / 7:20 am

    Really appreciated learning about “Eric” – the bowel and bladder charity.

    And that the wee the children in the pictures do is yellow.

    Thank you to the Autism Page’s Mum’s Mum.

  4. 28th January 2020 / 10:19 am

    What a great set of resources. We really found the pirate pete book handy when potty training.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

    • admin
      Author
      28th January 2020 / 3:30 pm

      It’s a great book especially when starting out potty training x

  5. 28th January 2020 / 3:32 pm

    This is so helpful Jade, thank you for sharing this resource. Will be using it with mine and passing the link on to others! 🙂

    • admin
      Author
      28th January 2020 / 3:46 pm

      Glad it will be helpful xx

    • admin
      Author
      29th January 2020 / 9:46 am

      I hope it’s helpful xx

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