Toilet Training

Another brief post from the Secure Start Facebook page; this one concerning toilet training.

It has been a day for questions about toilet training. My recommendations: provide an incentive to the child to use the potty; praise and reward (reinforce) success (I prefer social reinforcers, like time spent doing an activity favoured by your child); clean up accidents in a dead pan manner (i.e. no fuss/ no social reinforcement); never punish the child for accidents; and practice toilet timing (i.e. sit on potty each hour for No.1’s and after each meal for No.2’s). One last thing, be persistent with one approach – don’t chop and change; it is counter-productive.

 

About colbypearce

I am a practising Clinical Psychologist with twenty-seven years’ experience working with children and young people recovering from abuse and neglect. I am also an author and educator in trauma-informed, therapeutic caregiving. My programs are implemented in Australia and Ireland, and I am well-known for my practical and accessible guidance for caregivers and professionals alike.
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