How to Spread the Word of Love … Ten Songs to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness day.

Autism spectrum disorder is a life long disability that affects how a person communicates and relates with others and how they experience the world around them.

There’s a lot of stigmas to people with autism.

Many people misunderstand those with the spectrum.

Therefore, let us join organizations all over the world on this big day ( April 2nd ) and the whole month ( April ) every year when they do autism-friendly events and educational activities to foster understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

Worldwide support is done by lighting blue landmarks, buildings, homes and communities in recognition of people living with autism.

In line with these activities, musicians all over the world have made and performed awesome songs to celebrate this day.

We all know that music is a vibrant way of letting people learn about something or disseminating important information.

Likewise, listening to songs about autism uplifts people with ASD and their families  and inspires others to learn how to understand them.

I have found really beautiful and inspirational songs that speak about autism.

Songs that were written and performed by musicians, ordinary people with families who have autism, and even young people with ASD.

Ten songs that will touch your hearts, like they touched mine,  and will open up your minds to accept and understand these kids and adults with autism.

Awesome songs that will teach everyone how to spread the word of love about autism, ten songs to celebrate world autism day on April 2nd and same day every year.

Sit down and enjoy the videos and sing with the artist- I have written the lyrics below the videos so you can follow.

Here goes:

1. Beautiful blessing

This song, written and sang by Chelsea Stepp, was inspired and dedicated to her youngest sister who was diagnosed with autism at age two.

She considers this song her most important personal accomplishment because the organization “Autism Speaks,” used it as promotional material, thus Stepp performed it at the annual Summit for Autism in Washington.

Chelsea Stepp is a singer-song writer from Warfield, Ky who started singing when she was 3 or 4 after her parents bought her a toy karaoke machine. She started playing the guitar since she was 14, not really serious at first, but with constant practice, got better with her craft.

She auditioned for ” American idol,” when she was a teenager and won ” Big Sandy Idol,” an Eastern Kentucky-based competition.

 

 

Here’s the inspiring lyrics, which spreads autism awareness and how we need to acknowledge that kids with autism are misunderstood a lot because they can’t express how they feel.

” You mean what you say, just can’t say what you mean

Bottled up inside your head, and bursting at the seams

Trapped inside a world that’s all your own

Your thoughts roll in like waves crashing on the shore

Time is ticking, time is ticking, time to pace the floor

Back and forth to find the place where you belong

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

Things could be better, but things could be worse

Give me your heaven, give me your hurt

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

Act like I understand, but if I told the truth

I couldn’t stand as tall if I were in your shoes

Everyone needs a hero, and here you are

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

Things could be better, but things could be worse

Give me your heaven, give me your hurt

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

It’s all those things you’ll never had you’ll never miss
But I would give anything if I could change this
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse
Things could be better, but things could be worse
Give me your heaven, give me your hurt
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse.”

2. Not so different

Cassandra Kubinski, the singer/songwriter, wrote this song for her friend Vanessa, who had 2 boys with autism spectrum disorder.

She learned that this family had to overcome challenges, red tape and judgement to get education, after school programs or just collect information.

Their goal is to raise awareness and solicit funds for autism programs and services across the UK, US and Canada.

 

 

Listen to this beautiful song and follow singing with the lyrics below.

” I can be sunshine
Even when all you see is rain
I can be silence
Inside I’m calling out your name.

Words don’t come easy
But I hear everything you say
Reach out and touch me
I need to feel your heart today

So don’t say that I’m in the dark, ‘coz you can’t see my light.

It takes every colour in the spectrum to make the world so bright
If we want to understand
We all must learn to listen
Love speaks in a million ways

And in the end we’re not so different
Yeah, yeah
We’re not so different
Yeah, yeah

It can be hard I know.
When all you wanna do is help
But just I’m learning everything I need within myself
It takes a village, it takes a will, it takes some work and it takes time
Discovering slowly, growing the world that is in my mind. “

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3. Through my eyes

Lyrics: Valerie Foley
Music: Fiona Johnson
Artist: Scott James

This song tells how a person with autism feels and looks at the
world around him. That through his eyes, he sees things differently than
us.

That knowing how he feels and sees things, maybe he has fears, but
we just need to understand him, and guide him to overcome his fears.

 

 

The lyrics are so powerful. Sing along with Scott James and feel how an autism person feels, so you can see the world through his eyes and be more accepting of his world.

” See the world through my eyes
It changes shape and it changes size
It’s not quite the world you see.
If you could find a way to look around inside my mind

Maybe you would understand me 

I’m not blind, but I can’t always see
I’m not deaf, but things can sound strange to me
I’m not trapped, but it’s hard to feel free
Imagine what it’s like to be me

Imagine what it’s like to be me

It’s hard for me to try to think things through or talk like you
Everything can be a blur sometimes
But if you walk along beside me, hold my hand and guide me

Together any mountain we can climb 

‘Cause I’m not blind, but I can’t always see
I’m not deaf, but things can sound strange to me
I’m not trapped, but it’s hard to feel free

Imagine what it’s like to be me
Imagine what… I’m dreaming of my future and it’s brighter than you know
I’ll get there on a different road when I am ready to go…

I don’t need pity, I don’t need tears

I just need someone to help me understand my fears
Tell me you believe in me, let me know that I’m OK
Help me feel safe in the world and I will find my way

‘Cause I’m not blind, but I can’t always see

I’m not deaf, but things can sound strange to me
I’m not trapped, but it’s hard to feel free
Imagine what it’s like to be me
Imagine what it’s like

Imagine seeing the world through my eyes.”

4. If the world only knew

Lyrics and music by Scott Evan Davis, in collaboration with the students of p94 Spectrum school.

Performed by Ilan Galkoff, 12 year old, who said, ” I am not autistic but I chose to sing this song because I love the message in it.

It is a song about people with autism wanting to be the same as
everyone else and not to be told they can’t do things because of their
disability.

 I have been fortunate enough to appear in a few
West End Shows. I love singing, art and raising money for charity. I
hope you enjoy the song and will believe in yourself enough to show the
world what you can do.

 I have a wonderful cousin who is autistic and I dedicate my song to him. “

 

 

Check out the lyrics and sing with Ilan.

“Every day seems like the day before

Keeping to myself but wanting so much more

I could be a painter

Or in the hall of fame

I can almost hear them calling out my name

But when people look at me

That’s not what they see

If the world only knew what I could do

They would be astounded

If the world only knew what I could do

I would be surrounded

If the world only knew what I could do

Maybe I’d be free

If they could see there’s so much more in me

I put up my guard to deal with fear

When things get too hard then I disappear

I wish that I could tell them

And make them understand

Being different wasn’t something I had planned

But when people look at me

They don’t want to see

If the world only knew what I could do

I would be respected

If the world only knew what I could do

I would not be rejected

If the world only knew what I could do

Then I could be free

And they would see all that I have in me.

I would show them all that everyone is different

I would stand up tall instead of run away

 If there was no world I’d have nothing standing in my way

Then I would be still only me

If the world only knew what I could do

I would shine in glory

If the world only knew what I could do

I would tell a different story

If the world only knew what I could do

Finally they would see

I am just what I’m supposed to be. “

 

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5. I’ll never give up on you

Lyrics and Piano by George L. Rodriguez

Sung by: Racquel Roberts

Rodriguez  has a son who was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old, and was already 18 and high spirited when he wrote this song in 2014.

The first line, ” I look at you with your angelic face, ” was inspired by the photo of his son when he was 3.

 

 

This moving song is dedicated to children, parents and people who are living with a unique life experience, which maybe different and misunderstood by others.

 

” I look at you with your angelic face

A beautiful child a bit out of place

Sure you’re different if that’s all they see

Yet given the chance you can be so much more.

Caring people will open up doors

In my eyes you’re perfect to me

Everyday things others easily do

Language and play come so hard to you

Still step by step each moment is brand new.

So take my hand and I’ll lead the way

With laughter, love, patience, faith

When we believe our dreams can come true

I’ll never give up on you.

Sometimes your blue skies will suddenly rain

Like ripples of water not exactly the same

People will stare hon, you needn’t explain

For your life’s a story, the world is your stage

Just be yourself, no matter your age.

To all the critics you’ve got nothing, nothing to prove

So take my hand and I’ll lead the way

With laughter, love, patience, faith

When you believe your dreams can come true

I’ll never give up on you.

How did it happen this global mistake

1 in 100 is too much to take

Questions to answers, answers are keys

Unlocking this mystery

Here are your keys.

So baby take my hand and I’ll lead the way

With laughter, love, patience, faith

When you believe your dreams can come true

Your life’s a story, the world is your stage

Just be yourself no matter your age

This is your time take it!

To yourself be true

I’ll never give up

No I’ll never give up

No I’ll never give up on you

I’ll never give up on you

Love You.”

6. Unstoppable: A Song for Autism

Singers/Song-writers: Tommy Byrne & Isabella Guerriero ( 2018 )

Tommy was in his 20’s when Anthony, his cousin, was diagnosed with autism. His parents brought him for stem cell treatments and gradually he improved and became more verbal and was able to go to school.

Anthony has been a source of great joy for their family and he was nicknamed “Unstoppable Anthony” ( thus the title of this song ) because of how he can change people’s lives-with random hugs to strangers in restaurants or jumping on their laps with a laugh and a big,wide smile.

Tommy thought of some of the song’s lyrics and melody while on his way home on a train and he went to visit Anthony the next day where he asked his sister, Isabella, also Tommy’s god daughter, who was 7 at that time, to help him finish the song.

Isabella got her crayon and paper and wrote the lyrics and was done after 25 minutes. Anthony’s dad also helped in the chorus part and reminded them about how he communicates.

 

They hope that this song can be a voice for people with any disability, including autism.

The important message of their song is, ” We hear you.”

 

” I know you get frustrated, trying to tell us what you want to say.

I know it’s not easy for you, but that’s okay.

When you go through hard times, you’re not by yourself.

We don’t like it either and all we want to do is help.

We see the words in your smile.

We see the joy right in your eyes.

When something in your world goes wrong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Life is one big ocean, waiting there for you.

Don’t be afraid of those waves, just jump right through.

We all believe you can fly, if you really want to.

Just remember you can do anything that you want to do.

We see the words in your smile.

We see the joy right in your eyes.

When something in your world goes wrong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

We see the words in your smile.

We see the joy right in your eyes.

When something in your world goes wrong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong. “

7. I’m in here

Artist: BJ McKelvie & Cathy Hutch

This song is sung from the point of view of a child with autism as he communicates with a loved one.

That he wants to reveal himself as he tries to find a way to show who he really is and all he needs is acknowledgement that he is just here and just wants others to see the world through his eyes.

 

 

” With every breaking dawn

A brand new child is born

Someday they’ll be full of hopes and dreams

It won’t be very long until they move out on their own

‘Cause that’s the way life’s supposed to be.

But something isn’t right

There’s a lost look in their eyes

They’re crying out 

“Why can’t you just see?” 

I’m in here

When the joy turns to crying ( crying )

See the world through my eyes

For just a moment in time

I’m in here

Oh don’t you know I’m trying ( trying ) 

To find a way to show you who I am

So through the years

Through triumph and through tears

These are the one who make their own way

They touch you deep inside

Where your love just cannot hide

Just open your heart and hear them say (hear them say )

I’m in here

When the joy turns to crying 

See the world through my eyes

For just a moment  in time

I’m in here

Oh don’t you know I’m trying
To find a way to show you who I am
The world may be cruel
In my times of desperation
Can’t find the words to express how I feel
So I strike out in pain and frustration
I might not speak
But my feelings are so clear
I’m in here
I’m in here
I’m in here
When the joy turns to crying
See the world with my eyes
For just a moment in time
I’m in here
Oh, don’t you know I’m trying (trying )
I’m in here
To find a way to show you
I’m in here
When the joy turns to crying (crying)
See the world with my eyes
For just a moment in time
I’m in here
Oh, don’t you know I’m trying
To find a way to show you
I’m in here
When the joy turns to crying (crying)
See the world with my eyes
For just a moment in time
I’m in here. “
8. Missing pieces

Written by Mark Leland/ Tim Calhoun in 2008
Artist: Mark Leland

This song encourages everyone to do their part in helping families with the overwhelming task of raising a child with autism.

 

 

” It was a mid December evening

In a room of heavy breathing,

When I looked into my little baby’s eyes,

And like the ships that sail the ocean,

He had captured my emotions,

Wrapped them up just like a gift

At Christmas time.

I thanked the Lord above that he was mine

I prayed to God that everything was fine,

After months we saw him changing,

Nathaniel’s speech was rearranging,

So we took him back to see what they could find

And after ironing out the creases,

They came up with missing pieces,

And they told us that autism’s on the rise,

I looked into my little baby’s eyes,

I promised him to find the reasons why.

Now I lay him down to sleep

I pray the Lord my son could speak,

And make him strong, where he is weak

This I ask of you…

And just like him, there’s many more

That need our help to win this war,

Cause who knows what might lay in store,

To help them make it through.

The doctor says, there’s so much more to do,

To put the pieces back together,

But it’s up to me and you.

So now we lay down to sleep

And pray the Lord they all could speak,

Please make them strong, where they are weak.

This we ask of you…

Cause now we know there’s so many more

That need our help to win this war,

And who knows what might lay in store,

To help them make it through.

Yes, who knows what might lay in store,

The missing piece is me and you..

Hello Dad. “

9. Through the spectrum

Written and performed by Carla Bianco

 

 

This is an ode to mom through the eyes of an autistic child, how the kid feels his mom’s unconditional love.

 

” When I was two years old

You saw something special

They couldn’t see

You did everything you could, mom

To reach me.

You opened the door

When the world shut me out

You showed me how I didn’t need to be more.

And You turned on the light

And taught me to smile

I just see things a different way.

I can see the world

Through the spectrum

Everywhere a rainbow

Like an anthem

When they try to see

Through my point of view

That’s when they will see the colours, too

If they could see what I see

They would get to know me differently

But you know what’s behind these eyes, mom.

What I’m feeling

Yes, you’re the one who really knows me

A mother’s love is what showed me.

I can see the world

Through the spectrum

Everywhere a rainbow

Like an anthem.

When they try to see

Through my point of view

That’s when they will see the colours, too.

Oh I see everyone is beautiful

I feel the pain inside your heart

I see everything is luminal

Like a band of colours.

Thanks to you.

I can see the world

Through the spectrum

Everywhere a rainbow

Like an anthem

When they try to see

Through my point of view

That’s when they will see the colours, too

Through the spectrum. “

10. Let me shine

This song was created in 2017 in collaboration with Oxford band Low Island. It was written by Low Island’s Jamie Jay and Carlos Posada.

It was performed by staff and young people with severe autism from Prior’s Court, a specialist residential school in West Berkshire. Most of these young people are non-verbal with severe challenges.

The message of the song is acceptance and understanding of all people in the spectrum, thus “Accept me for who I am and let me shine. “

 

 

This song ( with the lyrics below) is so moving and is proof of the achievements of the young people at Prior’s Court and how they shine with the support of their therapists.


” I have made a connection


A special bond


I help you paint with your own colours

To your own rhythm

Every day is different


Here we aim high

And everyday is always full

Of laughter and light

One step at a time


Stand next to me, walk by my side

You and I are friends for life


Stand next to me, walk by my side

Accept me for who I am ; And let me shine ( 2 x )

Accept me for who I am ; And let me shine ( 2 x )

I’m not broken
, I am unique


So all I want is for you

To believe in me

We’re all proud


To be part of this place


And we will teach each other

Something new every day

One step at a time


Stand next to me, walk by my side

You and I are friends for life


Stand next to me, walk by my side

Accept me for who I am, and let me shine ( 2x )

Accept me for who I am, and let me shine ( 2 x )

Repeat 4 x more.

Let’s come together to celebrate the world autism awareness day

There you go, I hope you enjoyed the songs as much as I did.

If I have touched a person’s heart with these songs, then I am happy that I am able to participate in the celebration of world autism awareness day on April 2nd and for the years to come.

In putting out these songs I know that I am fulfilled and inspired to show how to spread the word of love to people and kids around us with autism.

After all, they just need our understanding and acceptance.

 

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How To Enjoy Spring Break… Ten Activities Which Will Get Everyone Excited!

I’m sure our kids are excited of their one week spring break, including our special kids. This is the week that they can sleep later than usual and wake up later as well.

One week of no homework, no time set for bedtime and waking up, nor studying for exams.

If you have vacation days, you might want to apply for vacation, too, so you have lots of time to bond as a family.

This is like mini-summer, even if it’s only one week, if you plan to make the most of it, it’s all worth it.

So, have you planned on how to enjoy spring break with your kids who will be out of school for the week? 

Skip the laundry and ignore the mess in your home. Just go and do fun things with your family and your special child.

There is no better time than bonding as a family by doing any or all of the following fun activities.

How to enjoy spring break…plan on doing any of these 10 activities to get the kids excited.

 1. Go swimming

Go swimming during spring break

 

If you are stay at home parents, you can go to the pool and swim anytime, but if you are working, after-work would be fun  as well.

Aside from fun, swimming is a good exercise for everyone, too.

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 2. Go to the library

Go to the library during spring break

This is the perfect time to head to the library and borrow lots of books and DVDs or CDs.

For kids who can read, they will enjoy reading book after book after book. If your special child cannot read, reading to him is the perfect bonding time for you both.

You can all read while in the library and read at home with the borrowed materials or watch the DVDs at home before bedtime.

Or you can buy these books online to stock up for your kids to read or for you to read to your special kid. Click the images to see the price.

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3. Watch movies

You can go to the cinema  as a family and eat out after the movie date.

But if budget is tight, watch old movies at home in Netflix or the YouTube or with the borrowed DVDs from the library.

Or you can buy cheap DVDs from the mall. You will enjoy just the same. As long as the family is together, that’s all that matters.

 4. Do cooking lessons

How to enjoy spring break-learn to cook and wash the dishes

If your special child loves to eat, give him cooking lessons in your kitchen of the food that he likes to eat a lot.

Let him help prepare the ingredients and mix together the food in the frying pan. Start with simple recipes like make sunny side up eggs, make a hamburger patty, make a pizza from scratch, or bake cookies.

After cooking, let him help wash the dishes and clean up the mess in the table. This way, he learns how to be responsible.

5. Do art activities

Do art activities during spring break

You can let your special child do some coloring or make some cards that you can give out later on  like for somebody’s birthday, etc.

If your special child has talents in drawing or coloring, he will really enjoy this fun activity.

Or if he is not into art, this is the best time to introduce him to drawing and coloring.

Bring him to the dollar store and let him choose the art materials that he wants including the coloring books and crayons or colored markers if you don’t have these at home.

If your special kid is a girl, she might want to do some crafts, like make necklaces or do some scrap booking.

6. Visit the grandparents

How to enjoy spring break- visit the grandparents

Now is the perfect time to go visit one of the most important people in your family. The grandparents will be delighted to see their grandchildren again.

They might have babysitted your special child when he was younger, and this week is the best time to catch up.

Bring some food so you can eat together as an extended family.

Or your kids might want to sleep over with their grandparents, then you can have alone-time” as a couple.

7. Invite cousins or friends for a sleep over

You can ask your kid’s cousins or friends in your home for a sleep over and make them some popcorn while they watch movies or do some artwork. This is the time for them to catch up on the activities that they enjoy together.

Kids also like to tell stories about their experiences in school or with their other friends, so making them bond overnight would make them enjoy time together.

8. Go to the zoo or the museum

Go to the zoo during spring break

This free week maybe the best time to re-visit the zoo or the museum if these have been your activities during the summer.

I’m sure there will be lots of new displays in the museum or new animals in the zoo if you haven’t been there for a while.

This is a great time for your kids especially your child with special needs to learn something new or to apply what he has learned in school.

9. Play in an indoor park

Play in an indoor park during spring break

There is still snow outside and the park may still by muddy and have lots of puddles, so it will not be fun going to the outdoor playground.

So to pump the kids’ energy, why not go to an indoor amusement park and let the kids run around, or let them go up and down the slides and other play structures.

Bring their cousins  or their friends along and while they are having fun, you can maybe go shopping if the park allows them to be left on their own or you can stay in their waiting area and read a book ( if you’re alone )  or you can chat and catch up with your grown up cousins or friends ( parents of your kid’s friends ).

After their play, I’m sure they are tired and hungry, so go to a restaurant where you  can all grab a pizza or anything that the kids love to eat, like hamburgers. This brings you all to the next activity.

10. Eat out as a family

I think this is the best activity that everybody looks forward to.

Of course this could be the final activity of the day if you have done an earlier activity, like playing in an indoor park or having gone swimming or watching a movie.

Whatever you have done earlier in the day, I’m sure everyone is tired and hungry, so a pizza or a hamburger or a pasta or even a full meal is very much welcome.

Just enjoy and have fun! 

You don’t have to do everything listed above because your budget will burst and there’s only a week to choose the best activity for the whole family. Especially if you will still be working during this time.

But of course, if you plan ahead, you can still do free activities like go to the library and borrow books and DVDs, go to the public pool on free days, etcetera.

Kids grow fast, so while they are still young and willing to go with you to fun places, grab these free days and just enjoy!

Before you know it, school days are starting again and next year, they maybe older and have their own set of friends and not willing to go anywhere with you anymore.

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How to Potty Train a Child with Special Needs…. When is the Best Time to Start ?

 

Almost all schools require your special child to be potty trained for them to be accepted. Especially if the schools have no educational assistants and of course, the special education teachers can hardly accommodate your kids’ ” accidents,” most of the time.

For the parents of regular kids, potty training is not really difficult because kids usually show readiness as they age, which is usually from 18 months to three years old. Of course parents usually see resistance from the kids at first, but eventually they oblige happily.

It is different though for your special child who develops later compared to normal kids.

And this could be a real struggle for the parents, on how to potty train a child with special needs- especially if you are a busy working parent who wants your special kid to start school.

Is there a right age when to start potty training?

Because your child is special, you have to observe carefully if he shows signs of readiness. Of course, these signs show up later, and do not coincide with his chronological age.

Ask yourself these questions and when the answers are positive, then your special child is ready physically and psychologically to be started on potty training.

Therefore, the age when to start potty training varies from child to child. And will somehow depend on how they have developed physically and mentally at certain ages.

Physical Readiness

  • Does he stay dry throughout the night?
  • Is he dry at least for 1-2 hours at daytime?
  • Can he sit with or without support?
  • Can he keep his balance while squatting on the toilet bowl ?
  • Is he able to walk without support?

Psychological Readiness

  • Is your child able to understand instructions?
  • Can your child show in his face that he needs to poop or pee at certain times?
  • Can he control his urge when you tell him? Even partially?
  • Can your child know the difference between wet and dry?
  • Does he ask to be changed when soiled or wet either verbally if able or tries to get the clean diaper by himself?
  • Is he able to undress and dress himself, even partially?
  • Does he know when he needs to go to the bathroom? A non-verbal child may give out sounds that he is pushing.
  • Is there no added stress in the home like birth of a sibling or loss of one or both parents?

We all know that special kids develop much more slowly than kids their age, so you need to really observe how he is developing and responding to your cues.

Never rely on his chronological age so you won’t be frustrated.

Bear in mind that they can be toilet-trained but much later than normal kids.

Reasons why special kids refuse toilet training

Even normal kids will refuse toilet training at some point at the start of the training. Or would sometimes regress after having been toilet-trained for a while.

More so for special kids, who might have a struggle with understanding the benefits. Or they might be having issues with the following:

  • Fear of sitting on the toilet or falling down
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • Startling experience of an automatic flush in a public washroom
  • Power struggles
  • Stressful life events like birth of a sibling, death or separation of parents
  • Poop withholding

Be very patient and understanding when your special one struggles with these issues.

It is really important that you give all the support that they need to overcome these challenges.

Once they feel comfortable and accepting of the training, it will be a breeze for both of you.

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How to encourage your special child to continue with potty training

  • Scheduling their poop or pee time- Making them seat on their potty or on the toilet bowl after every meal or before going to bed. Or making them pee every one to two hours. They will learn that doing it at certain times will make them do it successfully each time.
  • Buying them the potty seat that they like or they enjoy.
  • Reading them a book about potty training to give them ideas on how to properly do it.
  • Letting them read a book or watch Nursery rhymes while they are seating on their potty. It will make them feel relaxed and focus on what they are reading or watching rather on how difficult they need to push.
  • Happiness jar– Fill a jar with chocolates, lollipops, small toys, or notes about their favorite activity like a trip to the zoo or to buy their favorite book when they use the potty daily for a week.
  • Celebrate in the evenings- when they stay dry during the day or they have used the potty successfully, celebrate by going to the park or do something that they enjoy before bedtime.
  • Make them pee before bedtime even if they still wear diapers so there’s a greater chance of them staying dry the whole night. Or wake them up in the middle of the night to pee ( if it’s also comfortable for you or you’re still awake ) so he gets dry till morning.

What parents say about their experiences on potty training their special child

Diane on Nathan

Diane and Nathan on potty training with positive reinforcement.

Diane has this to say about Nathan, who has Down syndrome and autism. He is now 12 years old and fully toilet trained.

” We started Nathan on potty training when he was still a baby; we would let him sit in the toilet bowl after every meal.

His dad would let him pee before bedtime, at midnight, and wakes him up at 6:00 AM before he goes to work.

We used positive reinforcement by giving him M&Ms; when he was successful. He was really happy about this.

When he started school at 5 years old, he was still on diapers. At 7, he began to get upset with his diapers, so we did not put him on it anymore. He had few accidents at school ( twice at home ) then, so we would let him bring under wears and socks in his school bag.

He can hold his bladder now for a long time, even during travels. His dad usually brings him to the bathroom every 2-3 hours to let him pee.

Nathan doesn’t want to poop in school, he usually does it at home at nighttime. So, when he’s taking a long time in the bathroom, that means he’s waiting for us to go in there and wash him.”

Emerald on Hailey

Hailey will soon be started on potty training.

Hailey who has Down syndrome and now 2 years and 7 months has not been started on potty training.

Her mom Emerald says she plans to start her when she is around 2 and 11 months basing on the experiences of other moms in the Down syndrome group that she joined in Facebook.

As of now, she observes that Hailey can follow simple instructions like if she wants her milk, she will say “dede,” and her mom would ask her to get the bottle and she will follow.

Emerald would like a little more time for Hailey to increase her level of cognition because she observes that when Hailey runs she’s still not concerned of her safety.

Lee on Mark

Lee and Mark on potty training

Another Down syndrome kid, Mark, who is now 10 years old but still non-verbal, is only partially trained.

Lee, his mom, started potty training him when he was around 5 years old .

They would let him sit in the toilet bowl after breakfast and dinner to poop.

At least every hour, they would let him pee in the toilet as well.

Mark was dry at night at around 7 years old and did not want to wear diapers anymore.

He goes to school without diapers but still would have accidents. At home, he would just pee anywhere. Likewise, he never goes to the bathroom on his own.

Patience and determination brings success

It takes lots of patience, understanding and motivation to stay focused and determined to make toilet training successful.

Just remember that like your special child’s development, toilet training likewise takes awhile to be a success.

Count every day and his small wins and reward him and yourself for these little accomplishments.

He will eventually refuse to wear his diapers and will be happy to sit on his potty or the toilet bowl to do his thing.

And you will both dance with joy once he does it on his own, every day, every time.

 

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Ten Best Potty Training Toilet Seats….Choose What Your Special Child Will Love to Use

Your special child maybe slow in his development but for sure, somewhere in his timeline, you feel that he is about or almost ready to ditch his diapers.

This is really important because most special education programs require special kids to be toilet-trained partially or fully before they can be accepted to the school.

Aside from observing if your special child is ready for the training, like he can follow simple instructions, he can sit comfortably in the toilet bowl, he is dry the whole night or at least 2 hours at daytime, etc., choosing the best potty training toilet seat for your child could make a big difference.

If he likes what you buy for him, he will be interested at all times to sit on it and will be potty trained in no time.

I have looked at the ten best potty training toilet seats in the market today thinking of their usability, durability, comfort, pleasure and interest for your child when using it.

Here goes:

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1. Potty toilet trainer set with step stool ladder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Product dimension: 26 x 14.8 x 3.8 inches
  • It measures 6.5″ or 8.8″ from floor to step ladder.
  • It measures 16.1″ from floor to seat.
  • The package includes: 1 footrest, 1 pad, 2 handlebars, 6 plastic screws, 1 screwdriver
  • Comes in various colors: green, blue, red, pink
  • Suitable for boys and girls with pee catching design to sustain their interest in toilet training.

Pros:

  • It can be easily assembled ( even kids can help their parents ) to fit in a toilet ranging from 14″ to 16.1″ from floor to toilet bowl seat.
  • The sturdy design lets your child walk up and down and sit safely in the toilet.
  • Very easy to remove and fold so the adults can use the toilet after your child is done.
  • It comes with a padding on the toilet seat to make your child comfy when he seats.
  • Best for 1-7 year olds, with the footrest being adjustable as your special child grows up.
  • The very wide step and handles make it safe for the kids.
  • Can also be used as a stepladder when kids brush their teeth.
  • The stairs make it interesting for the kids.

Cons:

  • Does not fit high toilets over 61.1″ high.
  • The splash guard is not tall enough for little boys.
  • The seat is wide for small kids, so they have to sit closer to the front for them to feel safe, but makes their pee not fall properly to the toilet, rather ends up under the foam cushion or drip down his leg unto the floor.
  • It is not that stable when folded and propped against a wall-needs a clip to keep it closed.

2. EasyGoProducts Potty toddler toilet trainer

 

EasyGoProducts Potty toilet trainer

 

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  •  Product dimension: 14 x 13 x 6.8 inches
  • It fits most standard or elongated toilet seats
  • It can be adjusted to the size of your toilet seat.
  • Comes with anti-spash at the base which makes it hygienic

Pros:

  • It is easy to clean up with a removable backrest
  • it is easy to install and to remove when an adult needs the toilet.
  • Easy to bring to travels because it comes with a handle.
  • It comes with adjustable handles and 4 non-slip strips at the bottom to secure your child in place and prevent falling.
  • With a soft cushion seat to make your child enjoy sitting  comfortably.
  • The cushion is removable for easy cleaning.
  • There is a storage hangar that can be used on the side of the tank.
  • It is light and doesn’t wobble.

Cons:

  • It cannot fit in some toilet seats.`
  • It has a large gap on the sides of the front shield which allows urine to pass through to the seat and floor
  • The lock is only useful for oval toilet seats.
  • It is quite bulky to carry around.

3. Potty training set by Evibaby

 

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  • Product dimension: 11.6 x 11.0 x 4.7 inches
  • Comes in white
  • Suitable for all kids from 1-7 year old.
  • Comes with a free brush for cleaning.

Pros:

  • It has a lifetime guarantee.
  • It is BPA-free- warm in winter, breathable in summer. The multi-layer  protects baby’s skin and comfortable.
  • With non-slip strips and adjustable levers which secures the set in place so the baby feels confident that he will not fall.
  • With an integrated urine splash guard so the urine does not go to the floor.
  • Easy to clean with no crevasses to build up germs
  • The adopt soft cushion is removable for easy cleaning, thus more hygienic.
  • Easy to adjust and fits multiple styles of toilet seats.
  • The high back rest makes the child feel secure.

Cons:

  • A lot of force is needed to tighten well the locking mechanism for the ” bars ” at the back.
  • Cannot fit some toilet seats.

4. Fisher-Price Ducky fun 3- in- 1 potty

 

Fisher price ducky fun 3-in-1 potty
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  • Product dimension: 45.7 x 34.3 x 33.5 cm
  • It could be used 3 ways: as a potty chair, a step stool or a trainer ring.
  • Can be fitted in most adult toilet seats. ( but cannot fit padded toilet seats )
  • Splashguard can be removed for the boys.
  • Can carry kids up to 100 lbs ( 45.4 kgs ) to be used as a sturdy stool.

Pros:

  • The friendly ducky character is inviting for small kids.
  • With 4 tunes and fun ducky sounds that encourages your child to sit down comfortably and enjoy the music.( thus requires 3 AA batteries ).
  • It is easy to bring for travel.
  • The feet of the potty can be removed by taking off the screws if space in the car is limited and they can be easily put back when needed for stability.
  • With handles that make the kids feel secure.
  • The removable bowl makes cleaning easy.
  • By removing the potty ring to fit in the adult toilet makes transition easy for bigger kids.

Cons:

  • The sound goes off randomly especially when it’s older.
  • The songs play at times even when not in use which can become annoying especially at night.

5. Summer infant my size potty

 

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  • Product dimension: 15 x 11 x 15 inches
  • Seating area: 9.5 x 11.25 inches; Interior seat opening: 4.5 x 6.25 inches
  • Requires 2 lithium metal batteries ( included ) with a battery life of 6 hours.
  • For kids 18 months up to 50 pounds.
  • Comes in white and pink colors.
  • With a removable clip on splash guard for boys.

Pros:

  • It helps the kids to transition easily because of the ” adult ” look.
  • With a flip up lid design, to let boys easily pee while standing up.
  • The removable bowl makes it easy to clean.
  • With a built in wipe dispenser that keeps flushable wipes easy to reach and promotes hygiene.
  • Makes your child feel rewarded with the flush handle with realistic sounds.

Cons:

  • It is not portable.
  • The removable splash guard can fall off easily which makes peeing of boys a challenge.
  • The seat cannot be detached from the potty if you plan to use it as toilet seat insert.
  • It slides easily across the floor.
  • Quite small for bigger kids
  • It takes a lot of space in a small bathroom.
  • Cannot be easily stored unless you disassemble it.
  • Too many cracks and crevasses to wipe down.
  • The back part does not stay on very well.

6. BabyBjorn Potty chair

BabyBjorn potty chairBabyBjorn potty chairClick the image or here to see the price

  • Product dimension: 36 x 35 x 31.5 cm
  • Comes in various colors: gray, pink, blue, green, turquoise, white, purple
  • Simple, ergonomic design with high backrest and comfy armrest
  • BPA-free plastic

Pros:

  • With splash guard that prevents spills
  • Easy to lift out and clean inner potty.
  • With rubber strips on the bottom that make it stable.

Cons:

  • Difficult to store because of the big size and awkward shape.
  • Hard to bring to travels because of the big size.
  • The kids’ thighs and bum could get pinched by the plastic in between the potty and the chair
  • A little pricey.

7. Cute frog potty training urinal for boys

 

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  • Product dimension: 29.4 x 20.8 x 15 cm
  • For 8 months to 6 year old boys
  • With strong sucker that will allow adjustment of height according to size of your child
  • Interesting frog shape and rotating windmill will let your little boy enjoy doing his thing
  • Comes in different colors: blue, green ( also with stand up design), coffee

Pros:

  • Easy to clean design -with urine groove separation and smooth surface
  • Can be put up on the wall easily
  • Large capacity so urine will not overflow
  • Teaches boys to pee standing up- makes them feel like an adult male

Cons:

  • Sometimes the suckers don’t stay up- needs to be screwed on, thus not suitable for tiled walls
  • Not very big

8.Baby potty and chair by LuvdBaby

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  • Product dimension: 32.6 x 32.2 x 25 cm
  • With bright fresh, funky design and in bright vibrant colours for another level of experience
  • Light weight, very durable and easy to assemble.

Pros:

  • Suits well for tall kids
  • Has a high back for support making it comfortable for the baby to sit.
  • With 4 legs made stable with a non-slip rubber base.
  • A raised splash guard prevents accidental spills.
  • Provided with a lid and a removable potty to make cleaning easier.
  • 100% lifetime warranty

Cons

  • A little bit pricey compared to others
  • Cannot be used as a step-not so stable, can tip forward
  • Needs careful placement of the child in the seating position for safety and happy experience.
  • With a tendency to tip forward when child gets off which can cause spillage
  • Sometimes the legs come off

9.The First Years training wheels racer potty system

 

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  • Product dimension: 13 x 7 x 17 inches
  • With a fun race car theme, your special boy will be encouraged to sit in the potty
  • Kept in place by a non- skid bottom.
  • 2-in-1 potty system which allows the trainer seat to be removed to fit in most adult toilet seats

Pros:

  • Less mess with the high splash guard
  • Your child will feel more secure with the handles on the seat
  • The lift-out pot makes it easy to clean.
  • Because it has no lid, you are encouraged to clean it right away.
  • Just right for younger boys being low and small

Cons:

  • Some little boys would think it is a toy, so would push it around.
  • Pretty low and small for bigger boys
  • With the pot being black, it is hard to see the pee and the poop.
  • Not suitable for tall boys, too low that urine will splash everywhere.
  • The seat is not very comfortable and leaves marks on a kid’s buttocks.

10. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn, Puppy Potty

 

Fisher-Price Laugh and learn puppy potty

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  • Product dimension: 11.8 x 14.2 x 14 inches
  • Comes with Puppy’s potty time electronic storybook that child can read or hold while sitting in the potty- with 6 songs and 8 phrases and sounds
  • Light weight and easily movable.
  • Has integrated splash guard for boys
  • Easy to clean and with removable bucket
  • Babies feel secure with handles on the removable potty ring

Pros:

  • Sings instantly on using the potty, so it encourages a kid to stay put until done with business plus reading the book makes the kid
  • With 3 fun phrases, 3 short tunes and realistic flushing sound to reward successful attempts ( positive reinforcement )
  • With a concave splash guard with a little rim inside to contain his pee inside.
  • The book walks the kid through the potty process. Listening to the story distracts the kid as well and makes pooping relaxing and easier.
  • The book is plastic and can be soaped and washed.
  • The cute story in the book will make your child proud for getting potty trained like a big kid.
  • It is low and not scary for the little one to sit on
  • The seat can be moved to the regular toilet easily, thus can be used for traveling
  • Better choice for kids who are stubborn with potty training, with entertainment and rewards

Cons:

  • Not suitable for boys because when they pee they tend to spray over the edge
  • Small for a bigger kid
  • The sensor will stop working after a while and could also sound randomly.

My top choices

There you go, I hope you have found something useful for your special kid, a potty toilet seat that will inspire him to go back again and again until he is fully trained.

If your child is still small, my personal choice would be the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn, Puppy Potty because it is comfortable, easy to clean and with additional bonus, that includes the electronic book and the positive reinforcement that it brings through the fun phrases, songs and realistic flushing sound.

For bigger kids, my choice would be the BabyBjorn potty chair because it is stable and comfortable for the kids. Likewise, it is easy to clean and comes in different colours. It could be used by both girls and boys, as well.

Depending on the capabilities and readiness of your special child, toilet training could be a struggle or a big challenge but with the help of the potty training toilet seat and your patience in training your kid, they will eventually hate their diapers and you will soon forget how hard training was.

Just try to be very patient and put some fun in letting your child be successful a lot of times.

Rewards definitely help!

 

Does your special child show readiness for potty training? Are you planning to buy a potty training toilet seat soon?

Or if you are now potty training, how are your experiences?

 

 

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