People on the autism spectrum tend to have difficulty with proprioception (body awareness). Potty training can be especially difficult for kids on the spectrum. Sometimes they have a hard time paying attention to their bladder until it's too late. I remember reading an article that contained an interview with an adult who was severely autistic, but who was able to communicate through typing. He was recalling his childhood when his mother would call to him from another room, and he just couldn't remember where his legs were or how to start walking. It wasn't until she came into the room and yelled at him to stand up that suddenly he remembered how to move his legs, stand up, and walk.
Because of my background as a massage therapist, I'm aware that touch can help improve and change proprioception. My three year old son gets wrapped up in playing and doesn't want to stop in order to use the bathroom. I suspect that sometimes he forgets that he even has a bladder until suddenly his clothes are soiled. I set about making something that would help remind him during the potty training process.
This belt doesn't potty train. It's meant to help potty training in a child with proprioceptive difficulties.
Step 1: Materials
Stretchy cotton or other material
My husband was originally going to make the vibrating device using a pager motor and some other components, but he's been really busy with work.
I found a keychain sized vibrating alarm on Amazon for $10, which is excellent for this project.
I used a stretchy Ace bandage with velcro to make it easier to put on and take off, and I used a scrap of stretchy cotton for the pocket.