Treatment of Overnight Toileting Issues in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – 10/29/19

Treatment of Overnight Toileting Issues in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Frank R. Cicero, PhD, BCBA, LBA(NY)

Live Event Information:

  • Date: Tuesday, 10/29/19
  • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm eastern (New York)

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Although often related, daytime and nighttime continence are separate skills. Some children who have difficulty with daytime toilet training seem to have no issues with overnight training. On the other hand, many children who have achieved daytime continence with relative ease seem to be delayed in achieving overnight training.  Treatment options must be tailored to the reason behind the toileting issue and include physiological, environmental, behavioral, maturational and sometimes socio-emotional interventions. The current workshop will present the audience with procedures for conducting an assessment of the problem behavior and how to collect functional assessment data that will be helpful in guiding treatment.  Treatment options, based on function, will be presented. Behavioral treatments, including contingency contracting, wetness signaling alarms, dry-bed training and antecedent strategies will be discussed in detail. Relevant research will be cited where appropriate. A brief review of daytime toileting procedures, including bladder training, will be provided. Time will be left for audience questions. 

Learning Objectives:

    1. The participants will be able to identify effective treatments based on function of overnight toileting accidents.
    2. The participants will be able to identify when issues include a physiological component and identify three physiological treatments that may be helpful.
    3. The participants will be able to select three behavioral treatment strategies for overnight incontinence.
    4. The participants will be able to select methods of determining function of toileting accidents.


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Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 2 type II CEs Live or Recording
  • Psychologists: 2 CEs Live or Recording
  • Social Workers and Certified Counselors:  NA
  • Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.

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10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Live webinar begins
11:45 am: Q & A session- submit questions via chat function
12:00 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form.


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Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst and board certified behavior analyst with over 20 experience working in the fields of applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorders. He received his master’s degree in school psychology from St. John’s University and his doctoral degree in educational psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Cicero is currently an assistant professor and ABA program director for Seton Hall University, New Jersey. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Psychological Services for the Eden II Programs, an applied behavior analysis agency in the New York City area serving children and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Cicero continues a private practice for child/adolescent psychology and ABA and conducts program consultations in best practice treatment for autism, developmental disabilities and problem behavior. Dr. Cicero frequently conducts workshops and trainings nationally on a variety of topics within his fields of expertise. He also has several publications including peer reviewed articles, book chapters and a training book titled “Toilet Training Success: A Guide for Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.”

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

Dr. Cicero receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC. Dr. Cicero does not earn royalties from any of the products mentioned in this event. 



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