How to teach autistic children to use the toilet


How do you teach children with autism to use the toilet? For some children with autism, a simple visual story works well at teaching toileting. However, this does not work for everyone. Using the character of interest to the child, alongside the visual story can often make the difference.

Hi everyone it’s Yamen here from I Communicate many parents and teachers feel frustrated and have difficulties teaching children on the autistic spectrum to use the toilet correctly there are a number of different strategies you can use to work on this for some children a simple visual story works well this story will break the toileting process into simple visual steps here are a few examples however this does not work for everyone

Autism toilet training

As a speech and language therapist, I’ve often come across this problem. One system I found that works for some children is to use a character of interest to the child and put that alongside the visual story. If the child has the reading ability, you can also add speech boxes. Here are a couple of examples: here we used Buzz Lightyear, and he talks the child through each stage of the toileting process.

As I said before, no single strategy will work for everyone. But you can give this one a try. A whole visual toilet story will be available for you to download for free from our members’ download section on our website over the next few days. I hope it helps. Check out the download section for more strategies relating to autism spectrum disorders and communication on our website. WWE Universe: all about communication.


My name is Adi, and I am the proud parent of Saar, a lively 17-year-old who happens to have autism. I have created a blog,, with the aim to share our family's journey and offer guidance to those who may be going through similar experiences. Saar, much like any other teenager, has a passion for football, cycling, and music. He is also a budding pianist and enjoys painting. However, his world is somewhat distinct. Loud sounds can be overwhelming, sudden changes can be unsettling, and understanding emotions can be challenging. Nevertheless, Saar is constantly learning and growing, and his unwavering resilience is truly remarkable.

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5 Responses

  1. MESANDIDGE says:

    @galea you need to know learn about ASD before you troll your ignorant, uninformed, hateful comments.

  2. Dalmatianlovergirl84 says:

    @GAKRAC that shows what you know. not all childern with autism have problems with using the toliet some do though. it can be related to their sensoary problems. do your research please before you put your input in please its very important.

  3. GAKRAC says:

    are you serious? if they cant use the toilet its because they are retarded not because of their autism

  4. pete45764576 says:

    thank you very much for these tips, they are very helpful.

  5. lifevirtualacademy says:

    I’ve recently wrote about evaluating your child’s life and academic skills. This video is foundational about teaching Austic children about toilet training. When I watched this video, it reminded me that we have to educate these children with principle upon principle – one step at a time. If you have an Austic child, please leave your thoughts or ways you’ve taught your child this life skills.

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