1. The following factors and behaviors can be reviewed for consideration prior to starting a toilet training program. These factors are from Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism & Related Disorders – A Comprehensive Guide for Parents & Teachers by Maria Wheeler, M.Ed.
2. What is the level of awareness the child has on elimination-related issues?
3. Does the child act different or notice when diapers or clothing are wet or soiled?
4. Is there any interest or difference in behavior related to the bathroom, toilet, hand washing, dressing, undressing or other related tasks?
5. Has any interest or change in behavior been shown in response to seeing other people involved in activities or with objects related to toileting?
6. Is the child able to remain dry and unsoiled for one to two hours at a time? Can the child remain dry and unsoiled during naps? (Caution: Avoid postponing toilet training when a child shows other signs of readiness, but does not remain dry and unsoiled)