Recently, my middle child whom I had the greatest challenge/struggles with potty training, was diagnosed as having PDD or Pervasive Development Disorder. PDD is on the Autism Spectrum.
I have always been one to emphasize to parents who are potty training or experiencing challenges that having a schedule is so important. For Autistic children this is imperative that a schedule be set whether or not you are potty training.
Allow your child to be a part of their daily schedule. Use pictures, stickers, markers or magnets to make it child "friendly." Having structure day to day will help make things smoother not only for your child but yourself as well as the rest of the family.
Potty training does not have to be a difficult challenge. Be creative and always include your child. Include activities that they enjoy doing. Utilizing things in your child's life that grabs their attention can help motivate them when it comes to potty training.
Children with Autism must be accepted for who they are. As a specialist reminded me, children with a disorder on the Autism spectrum cannot be changed. They are who they are and parents as well as teachers and others involved in their lives have be creative, working with the child to build a successful connection.
So many times others attempt to change a child with Autism. Majority of the time that backfires leading to frustration, anger, resentment, and even guilt. It does not have to be that way.
Potty training a child with special needs such as Autism can become a breakthrough and way to bond with that child.