Toileting and Autism

Toileting is the act of helping someone to perform the actions of urinating or defecating including helping them to do so if they are unable to get out of bed or are incontinent.

Children on the autism spectrum have problems with social communication, social interaction and theory of mind. As a result, they may find it difficult to understand what is being asked of them and may not be motivated by a desire to please their parents or carers as well as possibly being unconcerned about wearing nappies at an age when other children want to wear trousers.

These children may also be hyper- or hyposensitive. For the hypersensitive child the bright lighting, extractor fan noises, smells of cleaning and personal hygiene products that most people barely notice can be distracting, distressing or unbearable.

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18 Jun 2018