TIP of the WEEK: Distraction as a Tool
April 21, 2017
It is always a good idea to have tools on hand for moments of increased anxiety. Low level anxiety can often be managed in the moment averting incidents typically caused when the low level becomes the high level.
When you see the signs of tension building, go to your stash of anxiety busters to avoid behavioral incidents. Keep some items on hand for when the need arises. Any small item that distracts could be the key to stopping an unwanted behavior. Silly putty, a new activity book, any tactile toy, small cars- anything that distracts them from the anxiety that they are feeling.
Finding calmness in the face of stress can be challenging- just remember that distraction is key.
Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi Syndrome specialist. She works with Latham Centers’ residents with PWS, their families and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices.