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This half day session on Children with Additional Needs looks at the normal acquisition of bowel and bladder control, and the obstacles that may arise. Using the tools available on the ERIC website, we will explore the importance of assessment of bladder and bowel health and of readiness for toilet training, and how to apply what we learn to design individual toileting programmes.

Please note that you must have completed an ERIC Healthy Bladders & Bowels course within the last year before booking on to this training session.

Course tutor

Brenda Cheer - Paediatric Specialist Continence Nurse and ERIC Nurse


    • To be familiar with the normal acquisition of bowel and bladder control
    • To be clear about the importance of assessment and what tools are available
    • To increase confidence in toilet training and continence management, including children with additional needs
    • To be familiar with products and aids to support toilet training
    • To be able to implement a basic toilet training programme


    09.30 - 10.00 Welcome and opening poll. Setting the scene

    10.00 - 10.30  The normal acquisition of bowel and bladder control. Potential obstacles to toilet training including exploration of sensory issues

    10.30 - 10.40  Break

    10.40 - 11.15  The importance of assessment, using ERIC Bladder/Bowel Assessment and Toilet Readiness Assessment 

    11.15 - 11.45  Meeting individual children's needs

    11.45 - 11.55  Break

    11.55 - 12.15  Planning a toilet training programme

    12.15- 12.45  Case studies

    12.45 - 12.55  Q & A

    12.55 - 13.00  Closing poll. Evaluation and close

    Online Event

    This course will be delivered via Zoom webinar.

    If you are not available to watch this session live, there will be access to the recording for 1 month but you will still need to register.

    We would recommend that attendees access this training from home using a personal device if at all possible. If you are intending to use an NHS computer, please check that there are no firewalls in place that will prevent you from joining a Zoom webinar.

    Payment information

    The cost of the course is £45 per person. Please note that we can now only accept payment by card through our booking system.

    If you want to pay by invoice this can be done but please note that payment by this method will cost £60 per person and we must be advised of the purchase order number at the time of booking. Please email [email protected] if you require further information regarding invoice payments. 

    Cancellation & transfer policy

    If written notification is received 30 days before the course, we will issue a refund. We regret that no refunds can be made on bookings cancelled less than 30 days before the course. A colleague may attend in your place rather than forfeit the full course fee.

    ERIC reserves the right to cancel the course. In the unlikely event of cancellation by ERIC, course fees paid will be refunded in full.