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The Potty Journey
A Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders

International Book Award Winner!

National Parenting Publications Award Winner!

The author has successfully toilet trained 100% of the individuals (from ages 2 to 70) with whom she used this approach! Toilet training children with autism and related disorders is fraught with countless challenges stemming from their unique characteristics. Communication and sensory issues alone can create formidable barriers. As a result, typical strategies are frequently ineffective. Using a no-nonsense, often humorous approach, Judith Coucouvanis shares strategies that have produced remarkable results for parents of children with autism and related disorders nationwide. Promising no "quick fixes," The Potty Journey: A Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders systematically guides you through the entire toileting journey, step-by-step, to the ultimate destination - dry pants. By reading The Potty Journey, you will learn how to tell if the child is "ready," easy and time-saving data collection methods, the importance of routines and how to develop effective routines, the impact of a consistent schedule, using rewards effectively, the hidden curriculum of public restrooms, the significance of dry pants, and the importance of being patient and keeping a sense of humor. Along the way, you will hear about how to deal with accidents, obstacles, and other mishaps. Full of useful information and real life examples, The Potty Journey is reader-friendly and helps you organize and make sense of what often seems to be an overwhelming undertaking. Throughout the book, parents, educators, and child care providers who have put Judith's strategies into practice share their successes with toilet training children across a wide range of ages and disabilities.


Judith Coucouvanis, MA, NP, PMHCNS-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical specialist at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Nursing at the University of Iowa. As a clinician, she specialized in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders for 30 years. She consults to educational programs and speaks regularly on the topics of social skills training, behavior support, and toilet training, offering practical information to both parents and professionals. 

Author of Super Skills, Judith was the recipient of the International Society of Psychiatric Services Clinical Practice Award and her book, The Potty Journey, won Gold in the NAPPA Parenting Resources Competition. Her Rules and Tools for Parenting Children With Autism and Related Disorders: Changing Behavior One Step at a Time won the National Parenting Publications Award. She serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.

ISBN: 9781934575161

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - We struggled with potty training our special needs daughter for a few years. She was 6 years old when we started using the techniques described in this book. She was fully potty trained in just 4 weeks! It takes dedication, consistency, and perseverance, but the payoff is well worth it.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: Laurie Rowen - Excellent resource for teachers and parents. Especially helpful for children they are not trained by three years old and have special needs.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: Genoa Golf - The book was recommended by my son's occupational therapist. It has a lot of good advice. Does not promise you to teach your child in one day, but breaks up the process into smallest steps and gives advice for each, quite thorough. I liked the charts that you can use to record progress.
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