Toilet training: one of the most socially valid skills that behavior analysts are confronted with, yet still often misunderstood and misapplied. Many families of children with autism spectrum disorder find toilet training challenging and rely on their applied behavior analysis therapy team for help.

How do we help our clients and their families with such a socially important skill? This webinar will review the most recent literature on toilet training for children on the autism spectrum. We will discuss updates to and ethical implications of the Azrin and Foxx (1971) procedure, particularly as it relates to assent. We will examine what to do when the most commonly used procedures fail and how to set our clients up for success. Finally, we will discuss toilet training in the telehealth era and ways to empower families with tools and skills necessary to carry out successful toileting programs at home.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will describe the components of an effective toilet training program, based on current research.
  • Attendees will discuss the ethical implications of the Azrin and Foxx (1971) procedure, particularly as it relates to assent.
  • Attendees will identify ways to increase effectiveness of toileting programs and what to do when they fail.
  • Attendees will describe how to train parents to implement toilet training programs, with special emphasis on doing so through a telehealth model.

About the Presenter

Amanda DiGangi
Dr. Amanda DiGangi is a clinical associate professor of applied behavior analysis in Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has worked in the field for over 30 years, starting out as a teacher and therapist and moving on to specialist and consultant as she earned her graduate degrees. Most famously, she has the distinction of being the last doctoral student of Dr. Jim Gilliam (Gilliam Autism Rating Scale; Gilliam Asperger Disorder Scale). As a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), she has served roles including consultant to public schools and community based centers, trainer, program supervisor, expert witness, researcher and university faculty. She has presented worldwide on ABA, autism, developmental disabilities, early intervention, and play. She has authored numerous peer reviewed professional publications, and authored/co-authored and/or edited several books, book chapters. Amanda’s research interests lie primarily with infants and toddlers, using play-based approaches to increasing functional skills. Amanda’s newest hobby is applied animal behavior and she currently volunteers with both shelter dogs and zoo animals! When not teaching, writing, presenting, researching or volunteering, Amanda can be found enjoying walks and outings with her husband and their two Great Pyrenees rescues.

Course information

  • Title: Toilet Training: Research, Trends, and Future Directions
  • Presenter: Amanda DiGangi Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Duration: 2 hours and 5 minutes
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