Toileting Troubles? The Role of Paediatric Occupational Therapists in Toilet Training.

Toileting Troubles? The Role of Paediatric Occupational Therapists in Toilet Training.

Let's talk about an essential cornerstone of daily life - toileting. Independence in toileting is a significant stride towards a child's self-reliance. While it's a milestone eagerly anticipated by many parents, for some children, it could be a daunting task.

That's where we, your friendly Paediatric Occupational Therapists, can help. We are here to foster one of the most integral skills, helping your child transition smoothly through the toileting journey.

We have a few expert tips that you can incorporate to ease this journey that we use in our therapy sessions.

1. Spark Interest:

Intrigue your child's mind through engaging social stories and modelling behaviours to explain this new, exciting phase. This step helps to set a clear picture of the expectations around toileting.

2. Comfort is Key:

Make the bathroom a reassuring space. Think vibrant posters, visual instructions, and interactive books. Consider incorporating specialised tools like steps, toilet seats, and handrails to ensure a secure and comfortable environment.

3. Posture Matters:

Proper sitting posture aids in the complete emptying of the bladder and bowel. Check if your little one's feet are flat on the ground or a step, slightly leaning forward with a straight back.

4. Timing is Everything:

Introduce your child to scheduled toileting - set up visits before and after sleep hours and 20-30 minutes following meals or snacks.

5. Focus on Diet:

A balanced diet - high-fibre foods, plenty of water, and less processed food - is crucial in easing the toileting process. Watch out for signs of constipation, if any surface, try reducing dairy intake.

6. Praise Progress:

Rewards are excellent motivators, but never underestimate the worth of positive affirmations! Encourage tiny victories, and remember to maintain calm and patience during cleanups.

At Forbes Care, our Paediatric Occupational Therapists help children develop the skills they need to be successful during play, social interactions, day-to-day tasks and learning experiences.

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To book an appointment with an occupational therapist, please call 07 5220 8909 or submit a referral form below.

General Practitioners can send referrals to:
Fax: 07 5302 6482
Address: Shop 15/102 Burnett St, Buderim

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