- 1. Check the environment. Is it too bright, loud, chaotic or not stimulating enough? Often times we see shut downs or repetitive thoughts or actions when children or adults with PWS feel out of control and that more often than not comes from an immediate environment that does not meet their needs.
- 2. Write down as much as possible. Repetitive question asking is on the top 5 of behaviors that I am asked to help with. This behavior can be extremely frustrating and off putting but is the result of not feeling secure with their schedule, especially if there is a new activity planned. Writing down the answers to questions can be very helpful if there is a known change coming up. Some of our kids ask the same questions regardless of a change in the schedule so these answers can be written down and referred to year round. I suggest laminating the paper to avoid it being ripped or crumpled.
- 3. Stubborn behavior can be misinterpreted as willful and intentional but that is not often the case. A stubborn presentation is likely the result of feeling overwhelmed and needing to create some control. Our kids can typically do more than we give them credit for, offer as many choices as possible to allow them to have that control and begin to learn effective decision making skills.
Manager of PWS Services
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“He that can have patience can have what he will.”