Do you toilet train in your self-contained special education classroom? If you said yes, you need to get the Toilet Training Toolkit. It totally takes the guesswork out of toilet training, and it gives you all the resources you need to help your students be successful! Let me show you how to prep the Toilet Training Toolkit!
Let’s Get Started
Grab your toilet training toolkit HERE. The first thing you see when you start to prep your toolkit is the parent information sheets. You’ll have a letter to send home and a supply list for things your families will need to send in.
The next document you will find is the student readiness sheet. This takes the guesswork out of deciding to start toilet training with a student or not. I would go over this sheet with the parents or guardians of the student. To prep these, I just print out the original and keep it in my “Originals Binder,” then I copy as needed to send home with the students I think are ready to start toilet training.
Toilet Training Adapted Books
To begin toilet training, teach the skills using adapted books. These are leveled books with comprehension questions that will help your students learn how to use the bathroom and become independent. You’ll find 2 bathroom adapted books in the Toilet Training Toolkit.
Classroom Toileting Visuals
Next up, start prepping your classroom visuals. You will need to put toileting visuals in your classroom so your students can request the bathroom when they need it throughout the day. These visuals are also great for you to model requesting the bathroom.
You have you “I need bathroom” visuals in your classroom, now add bathroom times to your students’ schedules. I put them on my students’ vertical wall schedules, but there is also a schedule and first then boards included in the toilet training toolkit if you need it!
Bathroom Toileting Visuals
Now that you have all your classroom visuals prepped, you need to prep your bathroom toileting visuals. If you have a bathroom with your classroom, you have a bonus! My classroom shares this bathroom with the two other self-contained special ed classrooms at my school, so these visuals work great for all of our students. You can also put these visuals in a regular bathroom if you don’t have a bathroom attached to your classroom. I recommend checking with you admin team and custodians to make sure it is okay that you put them up. Also, communicate with other teachers that these visuals need to stay in place. If that isn’t possible, then I have a solution for you coming up! First, let’s break down these visuals.
The first visuals I put up in our bathroom are the first-then board and the pee or poop visual. You can switch out the reward sign with a reinforcer for the student you are toilet training. The pee or poop visual is helpful for your student to communicate what they need to use the restroom for.
Toileting Visual Task Analysis
Next, prep and put up the toileting visual task analysis. You can put the sequence in a vertical or horizontal schedule. To prep this, I cut colored cardstock and the bathroom visuals. The pink strip has girl visuals, and the blue strip has boy visuals. I put the pee visual sequence on one side and the poop visual sequence on the other side. I put two pieces of Velcro on the strip to attach it to the wall. This also makes it easy to flip over whether the student needs to pee or poop.
More/All Done Visual
The next visuals I put up in our bathroom are the “more” and “all done” bathroom visuals. In early toilet training especially, these visuals are helpful for students to communicate whether they are finished using the bathroom or if they need to use it more. Once students become more independent, you can fade these visuals out. That’s the goal!
Wash Hands Visual
Another visual I put in our bathroom is a hand washing reminder. Frequently when toilet training, students will go to leave the bathroom as soon as they are finishing using the toilet. I put this reminder on the door by the door handle so it will remind the students to wash their hands before leaving the bathroom.
Toileting Token Boards
These are few versions of token boards you can use with your students for toilet training. You can switch out the reward for a specific reinforcer for your students. To prep these, I glued the token board onto a piece of colored cardstock that matches the students assigned color in my classroom. This method keeps the token boards separate and more sanitary.
Use these token boards to reward your students for successfully using the toilet to pee or poop. You can switch out the reward symbol with a specific reward to make it reinforcing for your student to use the toilet.
Toileting Visual Ring
If you don’t have a bathroom in your classroom or if you need to take your students to a different bathroom, then here is your solution! Print the bathroom visuals, laminate, and make them into a visual keyring. I have a copy of these for each staff member in my room to take with them whenever they take a student out in the building. These are also great if your student is becoming more independent and doesn’t need your assistance, but they may need some visual reminders. You can teach them how to use this visual ring independently.
Okay, you have all your visuals prepped. Now, show me the data! There are tons of data sheets included in the toilet training toolkit to fit the needs of your classroom and your students. Let me show you some more.
These timed schedule data sheets are perfect to keep you and your staff on track with toileting schedules. There are data sheets for 30 minute, 1 hour, and 2 hour schedules.
This is the format of toileting data sheet we use most frequently in our classroom. Copy these front to back so you can keep several days of data on one sheet of paper. For independence, we mark the number independent out of the nine steps on the visual sequence for our total level of independence. This method is quick and easy for my staff and I to manage. That’s the great part about the toilet training toolkit data sheets- there is a data sheet to fit all your needs and preferences!
Are you ready to start toilet training your students? This toolkit will help you and your students have a successful toilet training experience! If you need more tips on how to toilet train students with special needs, check out Alyssa’s blog post! Are there any other visuals you need to toilet train your students?