COVID-19 has made all of our homes feel a bit smaller these days... Living together 24/7 has surely whittled away at our patience and increased everyone's anxiety. In this webinar, Patrice Carroll, Director of PWS services at Latham Centers, gives advice on how to manage behavior challenges related to Prader-Willi syndrome during this stressful time and answers questions from our community members around the world. Download the slides here.
Top 10 list for living with PWS during Covid-19
10. Have a plan.
The simpler, the better.
Modify your current plan to meet the new needs.
If you don't have a current plan, consider creating one.
9. Accept what we can and cannot control.
We can control environment, we cannot control behavior.
BUT, we can influence behavior by manipulating the environment
8. Be realistic.
7. During this time, expect behavior to get worse or 'old habits' to return.
6. Do Not Accept 'No!'
5. Make Activities and expectations as visual as possible.
- Use visual supports to help with consistency and decrease arguing.
- Use visual schedules to increase independence and compliance.
4. Use the individuals unique interests to make things fun.
3. Stay consistent. Set Limits and stick to them.
2. Give yourself a break.
1. Respect the PWS!
Behavior Has A Reason!
- Gain attention – ANY type of attention (praise, reprimand, facial expression, etc.)
- Access tangible item
- Access sensory stimulation
- Escape demand, person, activity, situation (including escaping feelings/internal sensations of anxiety)
Positive Reinforcement Systems
- Should be portable, flexible and easily seen by individual (“reminder”)
- Clearly define what is expected
- Start small and increase expectations
- Immediate rewards will be more effective than delayed. May be able to add in delay over time. If system decreases effectiveness as you increase time/demand, move back to previous successful system.
- Choose a system and consequences that can be implemented feasibly.
- Get creative with rewards! Use your child’s restrictive interests or social personality.