Toilet training for autistic children: Crowdfunding a new approach

Children with autism typically develop toileting skills at a much slower rate than other kids, causing stigma, loss of inclusion opportunities and compromised privacy for the kids, and hardship for parents, caretakers, and educators. In this podcast interview, psychologist Daniel Mruzek of the University of Rochester describes a promising approach that combines a daytime wetting alarm with a potty training procedure.

After initial success with the approach, Mruzek turned to crowdfunding site Innovocracy to raise funds for further development of the device and training program. I donated $50 to the effort, and encourage you to give as well.

For more on crowdfunding for scientific research, see my recent interview with Innovocracy co-founder, Mikael Totterman.

April 16, 2012

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