I never gave up because Dr. Randall and her staff never gave up on my son. I always knew he would do it someday!
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Houston, Texas (PRWEB) March 06, 2012
A 13-year-old Houston boy, who is afflicted with autism spectrum disorder, urinated in the toilet for the first time in his life on Jan. 25, 2012. This significant leap forward in self-sufficiency brought tears of joy to the eyes of his mother, who gleefully broke out a bottle of champagne. After sending off a video to relatives overseas, the elated family celebrated this life-changing event with a Potty Party at The Shape of Behavior (The Shape) clinic.
Despite numerous attempts to potty train, the boy has spent his entire life completely dependent upon others for attending to personal hygiene issues. “The Shape worked with him several years ago, but he would hold his urine for alarmingly long periods of time,” explains the single mother of two boys. “I never gave up because Dr. Randall and her staff never gave up on my son. I always knew he would do it someday!”
Issues such as toilet training, strip children with autism of their independence and limit their future habitation and employment options; this severely impacts their quality of life. The Shape strives to give children the tools they need to be independent, to make learning meaningful and to improve the quality of their interactions with others.
Dr. Randall, a board-certified behavior analyst who specializes in autism, says the popular child-oriented approach to potty training must be revised for children with autism. Traditional motivation tactics, such as a sense of pride or a strong desire to emulate parents, are often absent for children who have autism spectrum disorder. “They may have a difficult time understanding the logic behind going to the bathroom, feel afraid of, or may be turned off by the disruption in routine or they may be unaware of bodily cues,” she explains. “We develop toilet training methods that take all these factors into consideration.”
“My son has many other victories since he began attending The Shape over the years, but this is one day I will remember forever!” Mom says. “I want to encourage parents of children with autism and other disabilities to hold on to their dreams and goals.”
About The Shape of Behavior:
The Shape of Behavior is a 12 year old Behavioral Health and ABA clinic in Texas that develops individualized treatment plans for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities; has locations in Austin, Houston, Sugarland and Spring, Texas and has an operating staff of over 100 members. Dr. Domonique Randall, BDBA-D, with over 15 years’ experience in the field of ABA has devoted her career to promote evidence based practices for Autism and to help families of children, teens and adults with everyday challenges to improve their quality of life.