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Talking Toileting

Speciality Classification
Occupational Therapists

Part 1 Talking Toileting: Pondering Poos and more. Will cover: the pathophysiology of chronic constipation, faecal incontinence and toilet refusal; impacts on occupational performance; medical, dietary and behavioural management.

Part 2 Talking Toileting: Wondering about Wees and more. Will cover: the pathophysiology of bladder disturbance including deferment, overactive bladder and night wetting; impacts on occupational performance; and practical management. Service delivery options will be outlined.

Part 3  Talking Toileting for Children with Developmental Disabilities.  Will cover:  Issues that impact on toilet training for children with developmental disabilities, OT role in supporting families and key components of a toilet training program.


Suitable for OTs in any career stage


Part 1 and 2 participants will:

  • Understand the medical aspects of common ‘functional’ bowel and bladder disorders in children.
  • Understand the holistic, bio-psychosocial management of same.
  • Have the tools for effective OT assessment and intervention to support practical management.
  • Understand the OT role within the multi-disciplinary team.

Part 3 participants will:

  • Understand the developmental and disability specific issues that impact on toilet training.
  • Understand the role of the OT in supporting families.
  • Gain an overview of a systematic approach to toilet training

Di Collis and Debbie Atkins

Di Collis has 30 years clinical experience in paediatric OT working in a variety of locations in SE QLD as well as locum work in the UK. She has mostly worked within the health sector: tertiary/regional hospitals and community health centres. Her experience includes working with children with acute and chronic illness and injury, developmental delay and learning difficulties. Di has an ‘accidental’ but enduring interest and commitment to paediatric toileting work and is known by some as the author of ‘The Adventures of Plopsy the Poo’. Di currently holds a part time position at Nambour Child Health in which she delivers toileting workshops for parents and offers individual support to children with bedwetting. In partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast, Di recently completed a research project examining the impact of parent toileting workshops on parental sense of competence and children’s quality of life. Her private practice offers specialised toileting as well as general OT paediatric services.

Debbie Atkins is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience working within an early intervention paediatric service in Adelaide for children with significant developmental disabilities.  This role has primarily involved active clinical work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with young children and their families in a community based service.  However, over the last 10 years, Debbie has also been actively involved in developing resource material to support toilet training programs, including the 'Are You Ready' DVD and parent information, in addition to the 'Toilet Time Resource Manual' for professionals.  Debbie has been implementing regular parent education workshops and individual toilet training programs for many years, and has particular experience working with children with an intellectual disability and global developmental delays.


Total CPD claimable workshop hours: 3hrs

This series was first delivered in 2015. All written content has been updated as of March 2019 to accompany the 2015 webinar recordings. 


This resource is run through our external learning platform - Course Genius. All registrants will receive an email containing information on how to set up their online course account and/ or a  notification that a course has been allocated to them.

You will be assigned an access period of 12 weeks to complete this online course upon activation.

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Member: $135
Student/New Graduate Member: $114
Non Member: $192

(All pricing is inclusive of GST)

*Registrations close Wednesday 24 March 2021, 11.55pm AEST 

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Talking Toileting
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
Start Date
CPD Points
3 hours
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Member: $135; Student/New Graduate Member: $114; Non Member: $192
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Price: $192.00Member: $135; Student/New Graduate Member: $114; Non Member: $192
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