TIP of the WEEK: All of Those Questions!
Repetitive question asking comes with the PWS territory but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to deal with. Question after question (and often the same question repeatedly) can wear down the most patient person. Here are some things you can do to lessen the repetition:
1. Remember that this is a symptom of anxiety. Knowing that excessive question asking is caused from stress, uncertainty and fear can help you gauge your response.
2. Keep calm. Try not to show your agitation because this will ultimately only lead to more anxiety.
3. Answer the question twice. The exact same way! Then ask them to repeat the answer to you every time they ask it again.
4. Write it down. Ideally you will write down the answer for everyone who he or she will ask but at least write it for your child. Laminate it if they are prone to tearing the paper when upset.
I know how stressful it can be to have the same question asked multiple times over the course of just a few minutes and lasting all day. Latham Centers serves over 60 children and adults diagnosed with PWS. Believe me. I know how challenging this behavior can be! Staying calm, remembering the source of the behavior and giving honest and short answers can help decrease this behavior ( and help you keep your sanity!).
Manager of PWS Services