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PECS work well and can introduce in a way they understand. Hand them a "toilet cue" - picture to let them know it's time to go. Use an empty wipe box as an indicator. Lots of autistic chidren develop a fear or discomfort of sitting on the toilet. helping the child become familiar with the toilet without requiring them to actually use it. Practice sitting them on the toilet fully clothed. Let the child play, read, or color while sitting on the toilet fully clothed. They will become gradually more comfortable. Allow your child to sit on your lap on the toilet. As you hold the child, they will be secure knowing you are there to help them and will gradually relax. Practice the procedure using a doll or favorite toy. If your child is able to observe the procedure with their favorite item, and realize nothing bad will happen, over time the unease will go away. Sometimes children don't understand what they are being asked to do. Communication problems can make the discussion of wee wee challenging. The best thing to o may be to use the "do what I do" method. Sometimes the fear of the unknown is the biggest hindrance for us all. use a Walkman or MP3 player to mask some of the sound of the bathroom. Accompany the child into the bathroom to direct them and eliminate unnecessary distractions. Offer a a variety of toys to play with Keep rotating the toys, so it's always something new and intriguing. balls, yo-yo's,The inclusion of a concrete, visual "what happens when I'm finished" piece of information is an important part of this system. For some children this may be looked at as a motivator or even a reward. For many children with autism, it is equally or more important as a clear indication of closure. Task completion is a powerful motivator for most people with autismI have some ready made PECS availablehttp://autismandaspergersinthefamily.freeforums.org/toileting-f61.html