Davina Richardson, June Rogers
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 5, Iss. 10, 18 Oct 2017, pp 492 - 494

Becoming toilet trained is a milestone all parents strive for;
but for families of children with additional needs this may
appear to be an unobtainable goal. It is important that
assessment and introduction of toilet-training skills should not
be delayed purely on the basis of the child's perceived lack of
'readiness'. Studies have identified that a delay in achieving
bladder control increases the risk of both bladder problems and
constipation, and lack of assessment could result in potential
underlying co-morbidities being missed. The introduction
of a step-by-step approach to toilet training with ongoing
assessment enables the child to develop the appropriate skills
and any underlying pathology to be identified and addressed
in a timely manner.

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