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Perseveration

What is it?

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Repeating a word, phrase, action or idea and not being able to stop

 

How can it affect you?

  • You may have difficulty moving on to the next activity or thought
  • You may seem “stuck”. For example, you repeat the same word or wash your face over and over.

 

Strategies for caregivers

  • Plan the task with the person and give clear step-by-step instructions
  • Help the person stop if they get "stuck" and help them to start the next step
  • Provide hand-over-hand guidance and cueing