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Free family event about toilet training children with developmental disabilities


Child and Youth Services is hosting an event about toilet training for children with developmental disabilities on 24 June 2015 as part of World Continence Week.

The event will begin with a story for children, followed by a Q&A session with a specialist Occupational Therapist and feature professional advice and helpful information for families.

Incontinence is a widespread condition and more than 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems. However studies show that only around 30% of people affected seek professional help. The theme of this year's awareness week, 'tell someone who cares', is designed to help sufferers to take control of what can be a difficult condition.

Naturally, incontinence difficulties and toilet training also present particular challenges for children with disability and their carers, and a lack of successful toilet training can prevent a child from being included in many community activities.

Child and Youth Services, part of the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, can provide families with information, advice and support with all aspects of toilet training and continence difficulties for children and young people with developmental disabilities. Specialist child development therapists are able to plan and monitor an individualised toilet training program in collaboration with family and other care providers, such as schools.

The event will be from 10.30am on Wednesday 24 June 2015, at the City of Charles Sturt Public Library, 72 Woodville Road, Woodville. Bookings are not required and everyone is welcome. A Child and Youth Services Toilet Training Consultant will also be at the event, to offer specialist advice regarding complex toilet training issues.

For more information or for copies of the award winning 'Are you ready?' toilet training DVD visit

More general advice about the management of incontinence is available through the National Continence Helpline on 1800 330 066.

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