Toilet Training

I get a lot of questions about toilet training.  Even though I teach upper elementary students, I do have a few students who are still dependent on adults with their toileting needs.  I follow a bathroom schedule in my classroom where I take the students to the restroom 3x a day in groups with staff members.  This makes it so that I have minimal distractors!

Here is the first visual schedule I use with my kiddo's.  I typically use this one for my more advanced kiddo's that just need the verbal/physical prompting.  
This next visual schedule I have printed, glued together and laminated.  I then taped it in our handicapped restrooms next to the toilet.  This serves as a visual schedule for the child when using the restroom.

My last visual schedule is used on the back of my clipboard that my aides use when taking toileting data.  This is taped to the back of the clipboard so that it can be used to prompt in any location.  If a student is wandering in the restroom and refusing to sit on the toilet, my staff has this mobile schedule to prompt the student to the toilet.

Of course there is no wrong way to use these schedules.  There are many ways you can adapt these simple schedules to meet your child's needs.  Also included in this bundle are step by step cards that can be pulled out one at a time for your lowest students that are successful with one prompt at a time.


  1. Thanks for this post. . . great visuals! I do have a couple of bizarre questions. . . do you teach your boys to sit or stand? If you teach to stand, do you have any ideas on how to teach boys not to pull pants all the way to the ground when at a urinal? I have this issue with 3 of my boys. They are independent at urinal, but pull pants down to show entire buttocks. Makes it very inappropriate in a public restroom! I have NO idea how to tackle this and am always looking for suggestions!!!

    1. Hi Erin, to start, I teach boys to sit. Once I have the "holding it for the bathroom" concept mastered we switch to standing. I had one kiddo a few years ago that obsessed with pulling his pants all the way down.. if we tried to make him do it the appropriate way he freaked. We ended up teaching him to use the stall to go to the bathroom so it was still appropriate. For the most part, my kiddo's learn to stand appropriately... sorry I'm not much help :/

  2. Thanks for sharing this! We are printing it out for the bathrooms at home.