Trainings & Events

Potty Time! A Journey to Successful Toilet Training

  • Thu, June 22, 2017
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • GoToWebinar

DSAIA Affiliate-Presented Webinar

Ticket: $25

DSA of Minn Member Price: $10


It is sometimes difficult to decide the best time to start potty training and how to overcome potential challenges that may present themselves. This workshop will help participants navigate the complex journey of potty training. Potential medical, behavioral, and environmental factors that can impact successful toilet training will be discussed. Strategies and visual supports to overcome these challenges will also be provided.

Toilet training is an area that is incredibly complex and can be a frustrating process for families. This presentation will begin by reviewing the medical (constipation, chronic GI conditions, diet, parasympathetic nervous system), behavioral (motivation, timing, other family stressors), and environmental factors (parent readiness, consistency across settings) that impact children with Down syndrome more significantly than their neurotypical peers. Then, readiness skills will be addressed and the presenter will discuss the two main categories that children with Down syndrome fall into with regard to toilet training trajectory. Next, steps to take to begin the toilet training process within each of these categories will be presented. Finally, troubleshooting tips will be discussed while also leaving time for questions. Questions from the audience tend to be the most fruitful in descriptively analyze the variability in toilet training. Visual tools will be provided for daily use.

The presentation will cover the following:

  • Medical components to toilet training

  • Behavioral components to toilet training

  • Environmental components to toilet training

  • How to get started

  • Troubleshooting around toilet training challenges

Presented by Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota in partnership with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action

About Dr. Patel:

Lina Patel, PsyD is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, practicing at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Dr. Patel is the Director of Psychology for the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome, a multidisciplinary consultative clinic coordinating care for infants, children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome. Dr. Patel is responsible for management of all referrals for psychological treatment and evaluation. She provides consultation with schools, parent training regarding the management of challenging or unsafe behaviors, evaluation for dual diagnoses (Down syndrome and Autism), toilet training, and desensitization to medical devices (such as hearing aids and CPAP) and procedure-related distress. She has worked with hundreds of individuals with Down syndrome from 1 to 25 years old. Outside of her clinical work, she has presented to numerous organizations across the country and internationally.  She also conducts research on clinical issues impacting those with Down syndrome.

Dr. Patel received her bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.    She received her masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  She completed her internship training at Boston University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.


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