Behavior Interventions provides Potty Training Services.
A BCBA is available to consult with you about the best way to proceed.
Mary Miller to get started at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-324-8308.
Potty Training Tips
Pick a reinforcer that will only be used for toilet training
and is highly preferred. This reinforcer can only be used for toilet training and she should be denied access to this
item at any other time.
Take her to the bathroom immediately after waking up in the morning and immediately upon arrival to school and when
she gets home.
Have her wear underwear for the entire day until it is time for bed. At bedtime she can wear a
diaper or pull-up.
In the car, if you feel the ride is too long, she can wear underwear with a pull-up on top. The
pull-up should be immediately removed when arriving at school or this community outing and after returning home from school
Give her plenty of fluids.
Take her to the bathroom approximately
If she shows signs of having to go to the bathroom before a scheduled time, physically prompt her to the bathroom.
Give her verbal
praise and show excitement for all successes, “Nice sitting on the potty”, “Yeah, you went pee pee on the
Before going into the bathroom, provide her with presets, i.e. in 5 minutes it is time to go potty.
Put her in pants
that have elastic waistbands to promote independence. When pulling her pants up or down have her help in
the process. She may require hand over hand or initial prompts to get her started. Have
her keep clothes on and push them down to mid-calf/ankle.
Give her the reinforcer after sitting calmly on the
toilet for 2 minutes or urinates. * Remember- the first time she urinates on the toilet she then only receives
the reinforcer for urinating on the toilet and not for just sitting. A timer may be helpful. Verbally praise
her for calm sitting.
If she has an accident, remember to remain calm and stay positive. She is just learning and learning through
mistakes can be just as important as learning through successes. Toilet training should be a positive experience.
After cleaning up (she can help) have her sit on the toilet and tell her if she has to go potty, she goes potty on the toilet.
Toilet Training Data Sheet
Take her to sit on the toilet approximately every hour. Have her sit on the toilet for 2 minutes.
After she sits calmly for 2 minutes reinforce her behavior with social praise. First, reinforce calm sitting
with preferred item until she has her first success. Next, only reinforce with preferred item when she
urinates in the toilet. If she urinates in the toilet immediately reinforce this behavior with a designated
preferred item and social praise.
Time of day
Very excited for reward
D = dry
BM = bowel
U = urinated
U/BM = urinated
and bowel movement