Toilet Training Help Has Arrived!
My most popular post, Why Low Muscle Tone Creates More Toilet Training Struggles for Toddlers (and Parents!) inspired me to write a manual to help parents with potty training. There was nothing in books or online that really helped families, just a few lines about being patient and not pushing children….which is no help at all! Families deserve good strategies and an explanation for all the frustration they experience.
What makes this book so unique? Media specialists say that you have to be able to explain your product in the time it takes for the average elevator ride. OK, here is my elevator speech on The Practical Guide to Toilet Training Your Child With Low Muscle Tone:
My book provides a complete explanation of the motor, sensory, and social/emotional effects that low muscle tone has on toilet training. It does so without being preachy or clinical. Parents understand whether their child is ready to train, and how to start creating readiness immediately. They learn how to pick the right potty seat, the right clothes, and how to decide between the “boot camp” or gradual method of training. A child’s speech delays, defiance or disinterest in potty training are addressed in ways that support families instead of criticizing them.
- Each readiness quiz helps parents figure out what issues need to be addressed for successful training and reminds them of their child’s strengths.
- Chapter summaries give a quick review of each section. Parents decide which chapter they need to read next to get more information.
- Clinical information is explained in layman’s terminology, so parents don’t have to Google “interoception” to understand the neurology that causes a child not to recognize that they have a full bladder.
Here’s what parents are saying about The Practical Guide”:
“The Practical Guide has truly been heaven sent! Although my globally delayed 5-year old daughter understood the idea of toileting, this skill was certainly not mastered. Our consultations with Cathy and her guide on how to toilet train have given me the knowledge I’ve needed to understand low tone as a symptom that can be tackled. Morgan has made visible advances, and I am so encouraged and empowered because I know what piece we need to work on next. Thank you, Cathy, for writing this book!” Trish C, mother of Morgan, 5 years old
“I would often say to myself “Cathy has to put all of her accumulated wisdom down into a book”. I am happy to say-here it is! You will find no one with more creative and practical solutions. Her insights and ideas get the job done!” Laura D. H., mother of M., 4 years old
Cathy has been a “go-to’ in every area imaginable, from professional referrals to toilet training. I can’t say enough positive things about her. She has been so insightful and helpful on this journey.” Colleen S. mother of two special needs children
Want a bit of a preview? Here is a small section from Chapter One: Are You Ready For Toilet Training? Is Your Child?
Parents decide to start toilet training for three primary reasons. Some families train in anticipation of an outside event, such as enrolling their toddler in a preschool that doesn’t change diapers. Another example would be the impeding birth of a sibling Parents who want to train their older child hope that they can avoid having two children in diapers, They do not expect to have the time and attention for training after their new baby arrives.
The second common reason to begin training is when their child achieves a skill that parents believe to be a precursor to successful toileting. For example, when children learn a word or a sign for urination, adults may thing that they may finally be able to train them. The final reason is when school staff or their pediatrician recommends that they start training. whatever your reason, you are reading this book because you are wondering if you and/or your child could be ready for toilet training.
These are the eight types of toileting readiness:
- Clothing Management
- Time and Attention
- Appropriate Equipment
How can you find my book?
Three ways: Visit my website tranquil babies and click on “e-book” at the top of the homepage, buy it on Amazon, or visit Your Therapy Source, a wonderful site for parents and therapists. Just search for The Practical Guide to Toilet Training Your Child With Low Muscle Tone!
Need more than toilet training strategies?
My new e-book, The JointSmart Child: Living and Thriving With Hypermobility Volume One: The Early Years is for you! Like The Practical Guide, it has solutions to everyday problems, but this book also gives you strategies to make your child and your home safer, have mealtime and dressing successes, and even learn how to communicate better with your family, babysitter, teacher and doctor! Find it on Amazon.com. It is also available as a printable download on Your Therapy Source.