A good book to read if you are about to start a potty training programme and full of tips and ideas if you feel you have tried everything and failed.
GAP (Good Autism Practice)
Each step has a wealth of ideas and tips; with some having case studies showing examples of the step in action. I found these steps really easy to follow, and useful in giving me ideas on how to individualise the programme for my child. The final chapters give a brief summary for each step, some invaluable tips and answer frequently asked questions, all of which help to provide a really useful book... I feel this book is an invaluable aid to interested professionals working with children with special needs. As a tool, many of the resources can be made and easily individualised for families to enable them to have a positive and successful experience of toilet training.
Bonnie Arnwine, Founder, National Autism Resources
What sets this book apart from other toilet training books is that Ms. Batts explains why potty training efforts tend to fail. Her clear behavioral plan and experienced insights will help countless children finally succeed at this essential skill.
Dr. David Jenkins, Educational Service Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Brenda does an excellent job of connecting with her audiences and in providing workable solutions to issues faced by parents and those who provide services to individuals affected by an autism spectrum disorder. Her approaches get results. People who have attended the workshops Brenda has offered for Region 17 Education Service Center have commented on getting results using her approaches. Her workshops continue to be talked about and remembered long after they are over.
Tara's View on Books
This is a book I REALLY wish I had around when I was potty training my son Aiden. Ready, Set, Potty! is filled with fabulous ideas and I am actually going to use some with my daughter Olivia. She is developmentally "normal" but utterly oppsed to the idea of using the potty so I am sure the ideas in this book will help. If you are the parent of a special needs kid be sure to get this book - I am CERTAIN it will be a great help in your quest to toilet train that child!!! It is very easy to read and 100% practical. The ideas are doable for every family. I am happy to recommend Ready, Set, Potty!
Age of Autism
I was mesmerized by Brenda's system. It made so much sense to me, and I was eager to get my Bella out of diapers. I followed Brenda's instructions to the letter and sure enough, after 48 hours, Bella had released into the toilet several times and was on her way to success. Previous attempts meant literally hours sitting on the toilet with no success, only to have a puddle on the floor seconds after leaving the bathroom. Go ahead, Pamper yourself. Get the book.
Behavioral consultant Brenda Batts has written the instructions parents need to successfully guide a child along the path toward bathroom independence. "... it is imperative to understand that our children are more like us than they are different," she says. Using this premise as the foundation, Batts shows how to create a simple, intelligent, logical process that a child will not find difficult to follow. Many of her techniques may also be used in other areas of life that need logic and clarification... Batts is terrific at presenting instructional material in a clear, easy-to-follow manner. She has structured her book in a way that allows for easy cover-to-cover reading but which also lends itself to later reference... Also evident in the text is Batt's utmost respect for her readers and their children; it shows in her treatment of the subjects in her examples. As the mother of a child with developmental disorders, she knows exactly what it's like to struggle with challenges like potty training, and offers warm understanding in addition to useful advice... Care givers who need a useful, creative, and structured potty training program will do well to start with Ready, Set, Potty.
Cindi Matthews - frugalnewenglandkitchen.com
In her helpful new book, Ready, Set, Potty: Toilet Training for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders [September 2010, Jessica Kingsley Publishers] Brenda Batts provides an easily accessible, informative guide complete with charts and tips for parents and teachers geared towards achieving successful, independent toilet training for the disabled child.