Toilet Training for Visually Impaired Children

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Toilet Training for Visually Impaired Children


Ideas about when to start toilet training have changed from time to time. Most people concede that it is wise to wait until the child is old enough to understand what is expected of him.

Regardless of when you start such training, you must guard against urging and pressuring your child if you want to avoid a long, drawn out training period. A child can easily develop a stubbornness about going to the bathroom when he should if he is scolded for mistakes.

If your child has fairly regular bowel movements, you can try putting him on his toilet seat about the time he usually appears to have need of it.

Toilet Training for Visually Impaired Children

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A toilet chair that allows the child’s feet to rest on the floor is considered better than a seat so high that his feet have no support. Do not leave him seated too long.  Make no fuss over whether or not he has had a movement, but comment that it is good when he has had success.

In preparation for training, you should let the child learn about the bathroom and how it is used. He will not observe others going and coming from the bathroom, or be in it with them to learn incidentally, unless you make a point of giving him the experience. Let him go into the bathroom with you.  Show him the fixtures.

Flush the toilet with the lid closed since it will be less noisy and less startling to him than when left open.  Then let him flush the toilet as you tell how the water carries away refuse.

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Explain that hands are washed after going to the toilet and help him learn how to turn on the tap, find the soap, and wash his own hands.  Provide a stool upon which he can stand to be at the right height to do this.  Speak of bodily functions in simple terms.  Let him realize that people go to the bathroom to take care of body elimination.

Even after a child learns about the use of the bathroom, he will not be able to let you know he needs to go in time to avoid accidents. This is frustrating and requires patience, but is a normal part of training.  He will learn to control his bowel movement before he gains bladder control.

When he has an accident, put him on the toilet for a short time before changing him and explain that this is where he should go for elimination. Also, promptly put on dry panties so he will realize how much more comfortable they are than the wet ones.  Do not scold or punish him for accidents, but praise him when he tells you in time to use the toilet and does not have to be changed.

Toilet training for all children is a slow process with spurts of success and periods of regression. The more you can accept this calmly, the quicker and easier the training will be.  Remember, learning to use the toilet does not require sight and that the visually handicapped child is not slowed down through lack of vision.

He is simply following  the same pattern that other children do.  It requires time and patience to teach any child to remember to get to the bathroom in time to take care of his needs.

As you are teaching your child to wash his hands after going to the bathroom, you can begin helping him learn how to go to the wash basin to clean his hands before eating, or at other times when he has gotten them dirty.  Soon he will be able to pull his stool into place independently and wash his hands by himself.  He will also learn to use the stool to stand at the bowl to brush his teeth and wash his face at bedtime and in the mornings.  Of course, he will splash and spill in the beginning, but as he gains experience, he can avoid this and take pride in his independence and ability to do for himself.


Toilet Training for Visually Impaired Children Article Source : This article courtesy should goes to Guide for parents of preschool  visually handicapped childrens by Dorothy Bryan.

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