Use of urine alarms in toilet training children with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A review

Lynne E. Levato, Courtney A. Aponte, Jonathan Wilkins, Rebekah Travis, Rachel Aiello, Katherine Zanibbi, Whitney A. Loring, Eric Butter, Tristram Smith, Daniel W. Mruzek

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Abstract

The purpose of this review is to describe and evaluate the existing research on the use of urine alarms in the daytime toilet training of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). A systematic literature search yielded 12 studies, many of which were published over a decade ago. The findings suggest that interventions that incorporate the use of urine alarms are promising in the treatment of daytime enuresis for children with IDD; however, more carefully controlled research is needed to confirm these findings and elucidate the precise role urine alarms may play in toileting interventions. Methodological strengths and limitations of the body of research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-241
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume53-54
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Toilet training
  • Urine alarm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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