Care recipient (cr) often overreacts emotionally to caregivers with inappropriate behavior such as yelling or stomping feet

Try: #cut cardboard into a small stop sign-shaped piece on one side write the word stop as it would look on a stop sign on the other side write this s – stop slow down; t – think what is making me react this way ; o – what are my options to this challenge ; p – proceed with the most reasonable option #cover both sides of the stop sign with clear contact paper #you may want to make two stop signs so both you and the cr can look at them periodically as you work to improve your communication #when the cr is upset and overreacts put up your hand and say stop say this calmly and in a non-threatening manner #pull out the stop sign and discuss the letters s t o and p with the cr to help diffuse the situation #say stop let’s slow down for a moment can you tell me what’s upsetting you #ask the cr what do you think your options are the cr may need some help thinking of reasonable ways to express his or her needs #after discussing the options ask the cr which one seems like the best option to him or her do this in a non-judgmental way if the cr has trouble picking a best option recommend that he or she proceed with the most reasonable option this may require a brief discussion about what each of you thinks is most reasonable and you may find the two of you have different ideas about this #compliment the cr for making any good appropriate choice of behavior in a specific situation #if you are teaching this model of thinking things through you probably also need to practice it yourself make sure you are communicating reasonably with the cr and are open to reviewing your own style #be kind and gentle in your instruction and emphasize the goal as helping each other to make choices that let you speak to each other clearly and respectfully

Materials: Heavy paper cardboard scissors clear contact paper marker

Categories: Behavior Challenging, Communication, Emotional Psychological, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Verbal Communication, Good Verbal Comm, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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