So far, we have looked at some of the many reasons negative behaviors occur, as well as behavior management techniques helpful with individual with Prader-Willi syndrome. Positive Behavioral Supportis another essential tool for caregivers.
- Positive behavioral support can help decrease tantrums, reduce perseverative and OCD like behaviors, and increase cooperation and effective transitions through activities.
- Positive behavioral support can be used at a young age even before adverse behaviors begin.
- Positive behavioral support can be used to teach, reinforce, and strengthen desired behavior. As desired behaviors are strengthened undesirable behavior fades due to a lack of reinforcement.
- Positive behavioral support uses an individual’s strengths and interests as motivation to complete non-preferred tasks, meet goals, and learn new coping skills. Because individuals with PWS typically have low internal motivation, the use of external motivators is a must. External motivators include verbal praise, token rewards, sticker or other visual reward systems, or even special attention or one-on-one time.
- Always work with your loved one to determine what their individual motivators are understanding what may be motivating to one person might not be to another. It is important to work collaboratively with individuals with PWS to increase their investment in learning and growing.