Potty Training (No Points)

Course Introduction

Potty Training (bladder and bowel control) is one of the most important skills we will learn. It is quite literally a skill we will need through our entire life!

Being able to use the potty effectively is in fact, a culmination of so many skills. From physical skills such as fine motor skills (finger dexterity), gross motor skills (balance), sensory perception (recognising the need to go), attention (staying focused on the task at hand) to cognitive skills (remembering the order of events) and others.

Almost all mainstream schools require that your child be potty trained before they may join. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your child has all the basic skills set in place to master toilet training so that they may join the school without fear of mishaps.

If your child has a special need, this course will explain to you in detail with practical tips and help how to go about helping your child to become as independent as possible in this quite personal skill.

Signs indicating toilet readiness for neurotypical children

Lecture 1 Overview

In this lecture you will learn about the skills needed for successful toilet training. The Developmental Progression for toilet training is also laid out, as well as the skills that gets a child from dependant to independent. 

Lecture 1

Signs indicating toilet readiness for neurotypical children








Developmental Progression for Toilet Training

Toileting Skills - From Dependent to Independent

Sensory System

Lecture 2 Overview

The Sensory System plays a very significant role in toilet training. Learn about how the different systems can affect toilet training as strategies to support these sensory systems. 

Lecture 2

Sensory System

What is the Sensory System?

Vestibular System and Toileting

Auditory Sensitivities and Toileting

Tactile Sensitivities and Toileting

Body Awareness (Interoception) and Toileting

Interoceptive Considerations and Toileting

Strategies to Support Interoceptive Functioning

Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies

Fine Motor Skills and Toileting

Lecture 3 Overview

Fine Motor Skills are super important to be successful in toilet training. From opening the door, unbuttoning pants, to washing hands; fine motor skills are needed for all of these and so many more!

Lecture 3

Fine Motor Skills and Toileting

Fine Motor Skills Needed for Toileting

Fine Motor Skill Deficits and Toileting

Fine Motor Activity Suggestions to Help with Toileting

Strategies and Modifications to Support Fine Motor Skills for Toileting

Gross Motor Skills and Toileting

Lecture 4 Overview

Gross Motor Skills are needed in the form of strength, coordination, balance and other aspects. Learn how to help someone with these deficits enter the bathroom, remove clothing, get on the potty, sit on the potty and to wipe and wash hands etc. 

Lecture 4

Gross Motor Skills and Toileting

Gross Motor Skills Needed for Toileting

Motor Planning, Body Awareness, and Balance for Toileting

Gross Motor Activity Suggestions to Help with Toileting

Strategies and Modifications to Support Gross Motor Skills for Toileting

Gross Motor Exercises and Stretches to Help with Constipation

Behaviour and toileting

Lecture 5 Overview

Behaviour is a reaction. So, if behaviour happens when trying to potty train, it is important to know why this behaviour occurs. Learn how to recognise these behaviours and how to help a child if they occur. 

Lecture 5

Behaviour and toileting

Tips to Help with Behaviours

Attention and toileting

Lecture 6 Overview

In order to complete the steps of toileting and to potty train, a child should have an attention spans that allows them to respond appropriately to verbal instructions. Learn what these instructions are how to help increase attention span.  

Lecture 6

Attention and toileting

Toileting Strategies and Attention Difficulties

Cognitive Impairments and toileting

Lecture 7 Overview

Delays or disabilities in which cognition is impaired can present in a myriad of ways. From awareness, orientation, judgment, insight to communication. These may all be affected. Learn what to do in situations where cognition may be impaired to aid in successful toileting. 

Lecture 7

Cognitive Impairments and toileting

Cognitive Challenges and Toileting

Toileting Strategies and Cognitive Impairments

Trauma and toileting

Lecture 8 Overview

Toilet training is a major life process. For the child that has experienced trauma of some kind, potty training can be a very strenuous experience. Learn a bit more about childhood trauma and how it can impact toilet training 

Lecture 8

Trauma and toileting

Childhood Trauma

How Trauma Impacts Toileting

Strategies to Help Trauma-Induced Difficulties with Toileting

Autism Spectrum

Lecture 9 Overview

For the child with autism, toilet training can be a large hurdle to overcome. Issues with communication, senses and anxiety can lead to a very stressful time for both child and parent or caregiver. Learn about the common obstacles to success and strategies to help overcome these. 

Lecture 9

Autism Spectrum Disorders and toileting

Autism and Common Obstacles to Success

Toileting Strategies and Autism

Case Study as an example

Physical Disabilities and toileting

Lecture 10 Overview

Physical disabilities and limitations can present with some very specific challenges that affect toileting. Some physical disabilities will make that 100% toilet readiness and independence does not always apply. Learn how Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and other injuries can affect toilet training and the methods to help someone with these difficulties obtain as much independence as possible. 

Lecture 10

Physical Disabilities and toileting

Cerebral Palsy

Spina Bifida

Spinal Cord Injuries

Strategies and Physical Disabilities


Lecture 11 Overview

Equipment will always be needed for all changes in life. And mastering toileting is no different. Learn more about the typical equipment needed for successful potty training for neurotypical as well as special needs children. 

Lecture 11


Equipment for Typical Toilet Training

Equipment for Special Needs Toileting

No, the courses marked with "No Points" don't award points or have exams.
No there aren’t. All the material for the course is online and you go through it by yourself. All the material will be available for you to view, even after you have completed the course.
There is no time limit, it is entirely up to you. We know life is busy and can be hectic, our aim is to help, not to make you feel as if you have another burden.
You may send any questions you have to courses@helpmychild.co.za and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may also join the Help My Child Study Group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2058125660923135/?ref=bookmarks) , and ask your questions there.
Yes, you will! You will receive your certificate stating your CDP points when you are done.
No. There is only an “open book” test that you must complete and send in to be marked at the end of the course.
You download the test (it is an editable PDF document) at the beginning of the test. (It is easy to find as part of the first Lecture.) You may then complete the questions as you go through the course material (the test is divided into sections that are based on the lectures). Once you are done, you save the document, and email it to courses@helpmychild.co.za to be marked. Once your results have been calculated, you will receive your results as well as your certificate via email.

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Enrolled: 8 students
Duration: 25 Hours
Lectures: 11
Video: 0 Hours
Level: Beginner