Positive behavioral support is an essential tool for all caregivers of a person with Prader-Wili syndrome. It is best to implement positive behavioral strategies early in a child’s life – even before behavioral challenges emerge. It is an important proactive and preventative step to become familiar with and implement positive behavioral strategies.
A positive behavioral strategy can help:
- Decrease tantrums.
- Diminish perseverative and OCD like behaviors.
- Increase cooperation and effective transitions through activities and portion of the day.
A positive behavioral support strategy uses a person’s strengths and interests to help motivate them to achieve non-preferred goals and activities. It is a way to do some behavioral problem solving in a fun, creative, and effective way.
It is also important to pay attention to the link behind good behavior and appropriate food management at home and in other settings. A helpful resource to order is the dvd Food, Behavior and Beyond which gives a comprehensive overview of Prader-Willi syndrome and effective behavioral strategies.
Here are some great behavioral resources for you:
- How a Person With Prader-Willi syndrome Thinks
- Tips for Creating a Positive Behavioral Plan
- Principles of Prader-Willi syndrome Behavior Management
- Behavior Tool Kit from Prader-Willi California Foundation
- Parenting Hacks
- Parenting Success
- Resource for Families with an Adult with PWS Living at Home (FamCare/IPWSO)
- Thinking Ahead – Early Intervention Resource