My most popular post, Why Low Muscle Tone Creates More Toilet Training Struggles for Toddlers (and Parents!) inspired me to write a manual to help parents with potty training. There was nothing in books or online that really helped them, just a few lines about being patient and not pushing children….no help at all!
What makes this book so unique?
Media specialists say that you have to be able to explain your product in the time it takes for the average elevator ride. OK, here is my elevator speech on The Practical Guide to Toilet Training Your Child With Low Muscle Tone:
My book provides a complete explanation of the motor, sensory, and social/emotional effects that low muscle tone has on toilet training. It does so without being preachy or clinical. Parents understand whether their child is ready to train, and how to start creating readiness immediately. They learn how to pick the right potty seat, the right clothes, and how to decide between the “boot camp” or gradual method of training. A child’s speech delays, defiance or disinterest in potty training are addressed in ways that support families instead of criticizing them.
- Each readiness quiz helps parents figure out what issues need to be addressed for successful training and reminds them of their child’s strengths.
- Chapter summaries give a quick review of each section. Parents decide which chapter they need to read next to get more information.
- Clinical information is explained and written in layman’s terminology, so parents don’t have to Google “interoception” to understand the neurology that causes a child not to recognize that they have a full bladder.
Here’s what parents are saying about The Practical Guide”
“The Practical Guide has truly been heaven sent! Although my globally delayed 5-year old daughter understood the idea of toileting, this skill was certainly not mastered. Our consultations with Cathy and her guide on how to toilet train have given me the knowledge I’ve needed to understand low tone as a symptom that can be tackled. Morgan has made visible advances, and I am so encouraged and empowered because I know what piece we need to work on next. Thank you, Cathy, for writing this book!”
Trish C, mother of Morgan, 5 years old
“I would often say to myself “Cathy has to put all of her accumulated wisdom down into a book”. I am happy to say-here it is! You will find no one with more creative and practical solutions. Her insights and ideas get the job done!”
Laura D. H., mother of M., 4 years old
Cathy has been a “go-to’ in every area imaginable, from professional referrals to toilet training. I can’t say enough positive things about her. She has been so insightful and helpful on this journey.”
Colleen S. mother of two special needs children