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Online Training Modules


Managing your child’s home and school program presentation

Children's Mercy offers several online training modules for families affected by autism. These recorded presentations are available anytime at no cost to families.

Toilet training

Toilet training: part 1

Toilet Training is an important developmental milestone for all children, including children with autism spectrum disorder. It can also be a source of stress for both parents and children. This training video will provide an overview of toilet training strategies often used with children with autism spectrum disorder. The prerequisite skills needed to toilet train will be outlined and techniques to facilitate toilet training will be reviewed. If you child is not yet toilet trained for urine, Part 1 is a great place to start. If you child is trained for urine but is not yet bowel trained or overnight urine trained, Part 2 is a good place to start.

Objectives for Part 1

  • To learn the developmental signs of toilet training readiness

  • To understand the steps in toilet training

  • To learn techniques that facilitate the toilet training process

  • Answer frequently asked questions related to toilet training methods discussed

Toilet training: part 2

Once a child has been urine trained during the day, the next steps are to achieve overnight urinary continence and bowel training.

This training video will provide a description of these processes and will review techniques commonly used for toilet training children with special needs. Frequently asked questions will also be covered during this training.

Objectives for Part 2

  • To understand the steps involved in bowel training and overnight urine training

  • To learn techniques that facilitate bowel training and overnight urine training in children

  • To answer common questions regarding toileting training

Mealtime struggles

Difficulties around mealtime are common for many children, including those with Autism and developmental disabilities. In this video training session, Natalie Haultain, PsyD, discusses behavioral strategies for adding structure to this daily routine, setting limits, and teaching children how to tolerate and participate appropriately. Since this activity occurs every day, there is always an opportunity to practice!

Managing problem behaviors

Common problem behaviors associated with Autism and developmental disabilities (including tantrums, noncompliance, aggression, and self-injury) can interfere with day-to-day activities at home, in school and in public. Dr. Cy Nadler of Children's Mercy Kansas City's Department of Developmental and Behavioral Health shares a variety of strategies based on the basic concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that can help children and families prevent and reduce these daily problems.

Managing your child's home and school programs

Essentially, you are the CEO of your child’s life. And when that includes managing their home and school programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder it's easy to feel overwhelmed. This training will help in practical ways such as knowing what to records to keep, effective ways to communicate with the professionals involved in your child’s care, as well as give you some tools to navigate the process. The page also includes resource links to other helpful sites for families managing an autism spectrum disorder.


  • Families will learn the value of taking charge of their child’s care

  • Families will come to understand the “rules of the game” in regard to school matters

  • Families will be given tips for effective communication with people involved in your child’s care

An introduction to applied behavior analysis 

Sleep 101 for children with autism spectrum disorders