TIP of the WEEK: Transitions

November 14, 2014

Transitions are the single most challenging part of any day for the person with PWS. When a person with PWS is faced with a big transition, it can be that much more challenging.

Here are some ways to make transitions a little bit easier:

1. Practice with social stories, verbalizing what each step will look like, and doing dry runs. This will allow your child to mentally prepare for some of life’s bigger transitions like changing schools or moving.

2. Validate and plan for anxiety. Transitioning from the familiar to the unfamiliar is extremely difficult for our kids. Plan to have extra supports around for both you and your child.

3. Allow for setbacks. In being patient with the process, it will allow for long-term success; and you will be teaching your child that the best things are worth fighting for.

4. Most importantly, be there for your child without doing the work for them. Allow for some of the bumps that inevitably come with a big transition and show him or her that they can do this even with increased anxiety.

Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

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