JUNE EVENT POSTPONED – New Date TBD
Evidence-Based and Practical Strategies for Toilet Training Children with Disabilities
Maeve Donnelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA
Behavior-analytic toilet training methods described in the seminal paper published by Azrin and Foxx (1971) have been successfully replicated across multiple settings and populations. However, despite the documented efficacy of this well-known procedure, many children and adults with disabilities do not display independent toileting skills. Persistent deficits in independent toileting may be due to a variety of barriers such as improper assessment of readiness for training, occurrence of problem behavior, excessive urine retention, failure to maintain training gains, or insufficient independent initiations to toilet. In this talk, empirically validated toilet training procedures based on the procedures originally described by Azrin and Foxx will be synthesized and reviewed. Methods for assessing readiness, best practices for toilet training, and evidence-based strategies for addressing barriers to successful training and maintenance will be described for the purpose of preparing practitioners to develop safe, efficient, and effective toilet training procedures for children and adults with disabilities.