Care recipient (cr) constantly repeats and mimics the words and actions of caregiver (cg)

Try: Echolalia and echopraxia are formal names for repetitive behavior repeating the words and actions of others that go beyond the cr cr’s ability to plan or control in the moment keep in mind if the behavior becomes irritating that when these behaviors are echolalia and echopraxia and not just once-in-a-while coping strategies they are usually part of more serious physical or emotional conditions if you are providing or arranging care for a cr with these symptoms make sure the cr gets the care he or she needs from cgs who are not stressed out by the situation if you or other gcs find the behaviors difficult try shortening the amount of time each of you spends alone with the cr although you cannot predict which of your behaviors the cr will mimic during a period in which the cr is intensely imitating your actions you may want to have the cr assist you in a repetitive activity such as folding towels and napkins balling yarn etc if you must interrupt an imitative or repetitive action use a gentle touch and try to redirect the cr toward a new pleasant activity

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Categories: Behavior Challenging, Independence, Maximum Supervision, Verbal Communication, Poor Verbal Comm, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Unaware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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