Addressing Fecal Incontinence in School Settings: Assessment and Intervention Considerations

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the two types of fecal incontinence – retentive and nonretentive.
  2. consult with parents and others (e.g., teachers, healthcare providers) regarding evidence-based conceptualizations of fecal incontinence.
  3. implement evidence-based treatment plans for fecal incontinence within school settings.
  4. conduct a brief biopsychosocial assessment of fecal incontinence to inform consultation and intervention efforts.


This practitioner conversation addresses encopresis, or fecal incontinence, a condition common in childhood and adolescence. Although physiological features often highlight fecal incontinence, a combination of medical, psychological, and behavioral research supports a biobehavioral approach to assessment, conceptualization, and intervention. This session provides an evidence-based perspective on fecal incontinence through a review of the current literature, discussion of case studies, and dialogue about addressing fecal incontinence as it presents in school settings.



Michael I. Axelrod, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire


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