Disability and Toileting: Solutions by a Special Needs Teacher

Nobody chooses to be disabled. They are just born that way and have to live with it. Working with disabled kids at a charity center has taught me that. Kids who are living with cerebral palsy, autism or any other disability whether physical or mental handicap did not wish to be that way. They just found themselves like that.

Disability and Toileting Solutions by a Special Needs teacher - Wheelchair

Parents would never wish disability on their kids too. They just find that they have them. While most feel embarrassed and conscious about the whole thing, they can work their way to accept how things are and find support groups where other parents have kids with a similar disability and encourage each other so as to live positively.

Toilet Adaptations for Disabled Children

Out of the many challenges that disabled kids might have, I have found that toilet to be the main obstacle. Some of the obstacles include:

  • Disabled kids not being able to wipe their bums really well and going about with a bad odor
  • Disabled kids not being able to quickly access the washroom when they feel the urge to do so
  • The kids feeling uncomfortable using lowered toilet seats
  • Disabled kids not having space to keep their wheelchairs

Wiping Aids for Those Unable to Reach their Butts

Toileting becomes a challenge because some kids are either unable to take themselves to the latrine unless they are wheeled by someone else. Others will have trouble removing their clothes when they get to the toilet so they would need someone to help out or else wear diapers which could be causing embarrassment. Others will have trouble wiping because they are challenged in terms of fine motor skills.

In such cases, they would either require some extension tools to reach their bums in case their arms are too short or end up having to use bidets to wash off after emptying their bowels. If the child is not able to adequately wipe, they could also make use of flushable wet wipes which do a good job in leaving the bum fresh and well sanitized without any fecal odor.

Portable Commode Toilets for Children who are disabled

Other solutions could be the use of commodes which have been extensively used by people who are on wheelchairs. We have highly campaigned them as the best portable toilets for the disabled at home. Some of the commodes at amazon are so chic and fly that they could double up as seats other than being toilet equipment.

In such cases, the disabled person using it would comfortably have it as their seat in class since when they feel the urge to relieve themselves, they would simply do it there without having to get on the wheelchair and asking people to take them to a washroom.

Raising Toilet seats for Disabled Kids

The use of raised toilet seats has also been employed in cases where the kid got handicapped in an accident and bending to sit on low toilet seats causes untold agony and pain. It could be avoided especially when they are complaining of knee, hip, or back pains. Other than that, we have seen the ADA toilet height being a highly recommended adaptation for toilets for disabled.

The ADA toilet height recommendation states that a toilet needs to be about 17 to 19 inches, which is relatively raised as compared to other standard toilet seats. Standard toilets that I have found in the local stores are at 15 inches which is a little bit low.

Having Sufficient Space in the Toilet for the Wheelchair

A disabled person would also need to use a toilet which is in such a way that there is enough space to keep the wheelchair inside the toilet. In our center, we are very careful to make sure that we meet this space. All our toilets are big enough so that a wheelchair would fit in without compromising on the comfort of the child on it.

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