Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part LXX: Perseveration

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Perseveration is when you are unable to let go of a thought, idea, concern, worry, etc. Alice Perseverates. A lot. At times, it’s hard to separate perseveration from simple obstinacy (which Alice also has). There are a number of things words or phrases that are best to avoid in the presence of Alice. Here is a subset:

  • Florida
  • Grandparents
  • Christmas
  • Disneyworld
  • Edie (Alice’s best friend)
  • Sleep over
  • Girl Scout Camp
  • Box Trolls
  • TV
  • Wizard of Oz

Mentioning any of these is sure to set Alice of for hours on that topic to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. It’s a real hassle because there are times where you need to get Alice to focus on something specific (say, getting ready for school) and she has locked onto something else and Will. Not. Let. Go. Both E and I are likely to lose patience when Alice starts to perseverate. I’m sure it’s frustrating for everyone.

Ah well.

In the meantime, here is a video which is the outcome of Alice perseverating on the Wizard of Oz:

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