Autism Awareness Month: ASD and Incontinence

Autism Awareness Month: ASD and Incontinence

October is autism awareness month, so in recognition of this we’d like to take a deeper look at autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and incontinence, specifically in children.

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition that has to do with brain development. Those with autism often have difficulties socializing and communicating, as well as having limited and repetitive behaviour. Autism will affect people differently when it comes to both severity and symptoms, hence “spectrum” being included in the name.

Potty training is a challenge for any parent, but for kids on the autism spectrum, it sometimes takes longer than average. For children with non-verbal ASD, letting someone know and vocalizing the need to use the toilet can be even more challenging. 

The majority of children on the autism spectrum will eventually outgrow incontinence and learn how to effectively use the toilet, it may just take a little longer, and so parents often find themselves searching for Youth incontinence products that cater to the “not quite adult but not a child anymore” sizes.

For kids with ASD who are in this transition period, Healthwick offers a range of products in sizes youth, junior and extra-small, as well as underpad and hygiene products to put together a complete solution to keep your child comfortable.

Helpful Tip: Fit is everything! Measure both the hips and the waist of the child and use whichever measurement is larger to find the correct size. A properly fitted product should be snug on the body, but not tight.

It may take a few tries to find the right fit or product, which is why almost all our Youth products are available as part of our Free Sample program.

For more support, the National Association for Continence (NAFC) has some great tips for helping manage incontinence related to autism spectrum disorder, along with some helpful facts and information. 

Healthwick offers a wide range of products in sizes ranging from XS/Junior to XXXL. Our extensive selection of sizes and absorbency options will allow you to find the perfect product to help manage your loved one’s incontinence. And, of course, we’re here to help. If you have any questions or need some assistance finding the right product, please don’t hesitate to give us a call Toll Free at 1-877-775-6656.

We hope this helps! Take care.


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  • Carl Johnson
    Carl Johnson

    As a 46 year old man with Autism (Asperger’s Syndrome) and Incontinence, I appreciated this article very much. I’m a regular customer of Healthwick’s wonderful adult diaper product line as a result.

    I would kindly ask to have this article amended slightly to include Autistic adults with incontinence as well as Autistic children. Adult Autism-related Incontinence is an issue worthy of recognition.


    Carl Johnson

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