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Are OTs Engaged or Vacant in Addressing this Essential Occupation in Children?

Session 1: Talking Toileting: Typical and Atypical Skill Development and Physiology

  • Typical development of bladder and bowel control and optimal lifestyle factors; including diet, fluid and exercise.
  • Challenges to toileting mastery: common developmental and health issues that affect bladder and bowel control and impact on occupational performance.
  • Holistic management of young children with continence issues.

Session 2: Talking Toileting: OT Role and a Systematic Framework to Support Toilet Training

  • Role and scope of occupational therapy in supporting children and their families with the development of toileting skills.
  • A toilet training approach for children with health and developmental issues.
  • Setting up for success.
  • Implementation strategies and monitoring progress.


Suitable for all paediatric occupational therapists. But particularly relevant for OTs in early career development or experienced clinicians who may be wishing to refresh their knowledge.


All participants will:

  • Understand the expected typical development of toileting skills.
  • Understand the health and disability specific issues that impact on toilet training.
  • Appreciate the holistic management of children’s toileting issues.
  • Learn a systematic approach to toilet training and management of common issues.
  • Understand the OT role within the multi-disciplinary team.




Di Collis  



Di Collis has 30 years clinical experience in paediatric OT working in a variety of locations in SE QLD as well as locum work in the UK. She has mostly worked within the health sector: tertiary/regional hospitals and community health centres. Her experience includes working with children with acute and chronic illness and injury, developmental delay and learning difficulties. Di has an ‘accidental’ but enduring interest and commitment to paediatric toileting work and is known by some as the author of ‘The Adventures of Plopsy the Poo’. Di currently holds a part time position at Nambour Child Health in which she delivers toileting workshops for parents and offers individual support to children with bedwetting. In partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast, Di recently completed a research project examining the impact of parent toileting workshops on parental sense of competence and children’s quality of life. Her private practice offers specialised toileting as well as general OT paediatric services.


Debbie Atkins



Debbie Atkins is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience working within an early intervention paediatric service in Adelaide for children with significant developmental disabilities.  This role has primarily involved active clinical work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with young children and their families in a community based service.  However, over the last 10 years, Debbie has also been actively involved in developing resource material to support toilet training programs, including the 'Are You Ready' DVD and parent information, in addition to the 'Toilet Time Resource Manual' for professionals.  Debbie has been implementing regular parent education workshops and individual toilet training programs for many years, and has particular experience working with children with an intellectual disability and global developmental delays.


Total CPD claimable hours: 3

These are recorded webinar sessions that were held on Friday 28 May and Friday 4 June 2021

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