“Potty Training” why does that phrase pop up on so many Facebook posts or Tweets? As a mother and grandmother it now seems we have been very lucky because the children in our family just learned to pee and poop in the toilet without much ado. For my own children, I chose the summer holidays for transitioning from dippers to underpants, used a little patience and praise and presto another milestone in parenting accomplished.
This is unfortunately not so for many families with a child with special needs! That is why I reviewed for our readers Connie Hammer‘s potty training program, From Bathroom Battles to Bathroom Bliss: Potty Training 101.
Who is Connie Hammer? She is a certified parenting coach with over 20 years experience as social worker, counselor and parent educator to support you through difficult times like potty training for a child with special needs.
About Connie Hammer, MSW & PCI, Certified Parent Coach,
Before I tell you about her potty training program that will make your life as a parent of a child with Autism easier, let me tell you about Connie, the mastermind behind it all. On her web site I found, “For over twenty years Connie Hammer has been energetically guiding frustrated, lost and confused parents to achieve their parenting hopes and dreams with her amazing skills. Her coaching clients consistently describe her as “the instruction manual the stork forgot to leave” – an interactive one at that.”
Who does she help? The majority of parents who hire Connie have children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ranging in age from infancy through young-adulthood. On her site I read,” Connie founded her coaching business, The Progressive Parent, LLC in 2005 and acquired her Parent Coach Certification™ from The Parent Coaching Institute of Bellevue, Washington, the nation’s only Parent Coach Certification™…. Now a retired school social worker, Connie is running her coaching business from home…” Her tag line tells it all,” “Uncovering abilities to change possibilities.”
About the Potty Training Products ~ Toilet Training Tactics That Work
Connie’s potty training products are not a physical one like a book or CD that a client receives in the mail. It’s all digital and you just download the program. At first, I did not know what to think about this but now I can tell you it is very easy to use. Also, there is the convenience and expediency of getting the program with a click of your mouse and the satisfaction knowing our planet has fewer carbon footprints that would have been made by traditional book publishing and shipping.
What makes up the Potty Training Program?
From Bathroom Battles to Bathroom Bliss – Toilet Training Tactics That Work is Potty Training 101. It is a comprehensive program that will give you excellent step-by-step guidance and save you valuable time and effort. Connie encourages you to set aside time to review, listen to and complete all the workbooks before you begin to potty train your child. This is what developing a customized plan for a child with autism consists of:
In an email I received all the following:
- Workbook #1 which addresses the issue of your child’s readiness.
- Workbook #2 which addresses tracking your child’s elimination patterns
- Workbook #3 which helps you to prepare for this time consuming task
- Workbook #4 which helps you choose between natural vs. scheduled training
Call recording and transcript:
- A tele-class on toilet training your child with Autism
- The transcript of the call should you want a hard copy of the call to refer to.
- A sample Social Story on toilet training entitled, “Peeing and Pooping” that you can personalize with drawings, pictures etc.
- A recording of Taking Care of Me – Improved Self-care for All
About the Workbooks
Connie did a great job organising these interactive teaching tools. She uses easy to understand language and really just “chats” with the reader… just like having Connie or your trusted mother with you in your home. I love the way she clearly lays out the content at the beginning of each workbook so the user knows what to expect. For example, “… there are three vital tasks you need to complete first. Here is the first of the three.” Then she begins each workbook with a recap of the previous one, and explains exactly what parents are supposed to learn in this one.
The reader feels her gentle, encouraging words are directed to them personally, “Having made the decision to take this potty training course you are obviously quite confident that your child is ready but let’s make sure.” How does each family do this in regards to their child? Connie provides a comprehensive, simple yes /no checklist that will identify the level of readiness and awareness your child has about toileting. It is not all about the child I learned! Connie even has a checklist determining YOUR Readiness for Toilet Training Your Child. She wants you to have “all your ducks in a row” because the time you spend up front before starting will reap benefits during the process.
Connie leaves no stone unturned. She addresses sensory issues and the behavior your child might exhibit. She not only explains what causes certain reactions but points out solutions. She explains there are two Keys to Success for potty training your child:
#1 Careful Planning and Assessment
#2 Structure and Consistency
The author’s “careful planning” includes sections with bullet form steps-to-take and lined spaces to write notes to personalize your workbooks. Often Connie uses humor to convey her message, something overwhelmed parents will appreciate. For example on Clothing Considerations she says, “Outer wear- Forget cute, go functional!”
Her practical, motherly advice is very motivational! Connie’s tele-class on toilet training your child with Autism is also delivered in a pleasing, positive manner. Her tone of voice is reassuring and her message is clear and to the point. Connie speaks slowly, and gives concrete, every day examples that you can adapt for your situation. The quality and “savoir faire” seen in her written work is also heard in this audio and also in the workshop recording of Taking Care of Me – Improved Self-care for All.
Should you buy From Bathroom Battles to Bathroom Bliss, Toilet Training Tactics That Work?
Yes, you should. For most parents the program is efficient and sufficient. No further expense is required to follow through with her program. Armed with patience, the time needed, and Connie’s toilet training program, the majority will achieve the desired goal.
If you are still not sure, take advantage of Connie’s FREE consultation call offer so you can have an informal 15-20 minute chat about how she can help you take the next step.
Furthermore, you can email Connie for quick questions regarding your toilet training journey for one month after you purchase the program.
Like Connie signs off, “Happy toilet tranining!”
What other topics does Parent Coaching for Autism cover?
- Dealing with Daily Mealtime Challenges
- Friends: Staying Connected After the Diagnosis
- Managing Challenging Behaviors
- Successful Substitutes for Time-outs
- The Challenges of Parenting in a Media Age
- The Five Most Vital Needs of Children
- Taking Care of Your Special Needs
- The Special Needs Blended Family
- Reducing Sibling Rivalry
- Peacemaking Skills to Increase Harmony in Your Home
- To Praise or Not to Praise
Links to Connie Hammer:
To find out more about Connie Hammer’s programs and services, spend some time browsing her site. Visit her blog or contact her directly using the form on the Contact page. If you want to get to know her better first, just schedule a virtual cup of coffee with Connie for a personal 15 minute chat.
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