How to Prep the Toilet Training Toolkit


how to prep the toilet training toolkit

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!

toilet training parent guide and supply list
Parent information sheets and supply lists are included in 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.

toilet training student readiness checklist
The student readiness sheet helps you decide if a student is ready to begin toilet training or not.

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.

toileting adapted books
Teach toileting skills using adapted books!

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.

need bathroom visual sign
Put this bathroom visual on student tables so they can tell you they need to use the bathroom throughout the school day.

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.

bathroom time visual schedule
Embed scheduled bathroom times into your student schedules.

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!

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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.

First-Then Visual

first then toilet chart and pee or poop visual
Put up these visuals to support your students being successful in the bathroom.

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

toilet training visual task analysis
Use this toileting visual task analysis to teach your students independence in the bathroom.

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

more and all done bathroom visuals
These visuals will help your students communicate if they need to use the bathroom more or if they are all done.

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

wash hands visual
Put this visual up to remind students to wash hands before leaving the bathroom.

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.

toilet training token boards
Toileting token boards are also included in the toilet training toolkit.

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.

pee and poop token boards
These token boards are perfect if you are targeting a specific use of the toilet.

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

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.

toileting data
Use toileting data sheets to track your students’ progress!

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.

30 min toileting schedule
These are timed schedule data sheets to help keep you on track with your toileting schedule.

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.

toileting data sheet
This is another format of data sheet to track toileting progress.

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?

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