Developmental Approach to Potty Training Using Visual Modeling 





Visual Learning


Most young children learn visually.  From an early age, a child acquires valuable information about his surroundings through his or her eyes. Young children with limited communication skills such as a toddler or a child with developmental delays are primarily visual learners and tend to get information from what they see.  They learn more from pictures and other visual materials compared to listening to directions auditorily.   Their brain can process visual cues and prompts easier, and using charts and visual scripts or models will help them learn a desired behavior.


The Wonkido Step By Step Going Potty video and application uses a visual modeling approach by visually showing a child step by step what they need to do to go potty all by themselves.   The visual animation is fun and created in a manner that is developmentally appropriate for young children learning to go potty.  

Incorporating Tactile Learning


While most children naturally learn best through visual models and scripts, incorporating kinesthetic (whole body) learning helps to reinforce the lessons allowing a child to carrying out a physical activity.  The Wonkido handouts and charts allows for a child to celebrate their success while learning to use the potty.




How to use The STEP BY STEP GOING POTTY WITH THE WONKIDOS Video or Application


1) Allow your child to watch the video at least once per day as you start to get ready for potty training.  Allow them to watch it as many times as they would like each day. 


2) Print out the Step by Step Going Potty Handout and Sticker Chart.  


3) Keep the printed Step by Step Handout visible in the bathroom for your child to see. 


4) When you are ready to actively start tracking your child's potty training, let your child find a place in your house to hang their sticker chart.  This empowers them to make the decision of where to hang their success chart and keeps them involved in the process.


5) Have your child wear underwear while you are trying to potty train.  The purpose of a diaper is to stay dry.  You want them to feel the sensation of being wet if they do have an accident.  


6) Encourage your child to try to use the potty following the steps on the handout, using the same scripts and steps as the video.  (Don't force your child to sit on the potty for a long time - 5 minutes maximum.  If they don't go, encourage them to come back and try later)


7) Try to stay positive and allow them to naturally follow the steps they see in the video.  If your child is not successful right away, don't force them to use the potty every 5 minutes.  Encourage and bring them to try and use the potty during the day on a regular schedule.


Most children, when they are ready, will naturally want to follow each step of the video allowing them to visually follow and mimic the behavior they see on the video.



Video Handouts and Worksheets


Going Potty Steps        Going Potty Reward Chart

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