Children who suffer encopresis often begin to feel that there is little more to them than the problem itself. In 'Poo Goes Home to Pooland', the problem is embodied in a troublesome character and placed externally to the child. This process aims to place some distance between the child and the blame shame of soiling. This helps to free them from their fears and may mobilise previously beleaguered resources within the child and their family.

'Externalising' stories have proved valuable in engaging children in behavioural treatment programmes wihtin a family therapy context. However, you may find them useful in combination with your chosen therapeutic style. 

The style and content of 'Poo Goes Home to Pooland; was designed to suit the cognitive development stage of children up to around seven years of age. Individually illustrations and accompanying text is intended to promote understanding of toileting matters and relieve anxiety. They cover topics such as sharing unhappy feeling and how to reorganise when you need to poo.

Talking about 'Pooland' might help you to engage in getting control over their poo.

Dr Tamsin Black wrote and illustrated ‘Poo Goes Home to Pooland’ in her final year of Doctoral Training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle and on clinical placement (with John Sands, Consultant Clinical Psychologist) at the Linhope Unit, Ashington, part of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. She is now a mother of three and working as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in East London.

ERIC the UK’s only childhood continence charity provides information, support and resources to improve the quality of life of children, young people and their families who suffer from the consequences of wetting and soiling difficulties. Please visit

This app was developed by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Systems Development Team

What’s New

Version 2.0.0

We have added diary functionality to allow parents to keep a record of a Child's toilet pattern.

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

mlouden79 ,

No Sound

There seems like there should be sound, but I can’t seem to get it to work.



I really liked the story of Poo and Ollie. I have one child diagnosed with ENCOPRESIS and it has been a very bumpy road since the start with potty training. He's 8 now and he's got encopresis. My husband and I have tried everything that we can think of along with the help of many professionals in the gastroenterology, pediatric medicine, and psychology fields. But we are still at point A. I really feel this story might help him to understand that poo is separate from him and it's not a part of him and it perfectly ok and normal to "let it go" to Pooland. Very impressed with this cute story. Thank you to the writer/creator.

bethanncamillo ,

Helpful for my son, but no sound

This helped my son go poo on the potty. Seems like there should be sound, but it doesn’t work. Would have given 5 stars if it weren’t for that.

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