Can a child grow out of perseveration?

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Such behaviours do decrease with age for most children. You can best help him by bringing him to see a psychiatrist or psychologist for assessment and appropriate treatment. Perseveration is a symptom. We need to identify the underlying disorder. By treating the underlying illness, the symptoms (including persevation) will decrease. Meanwhile, as a parent, here are some tips: 

i) Talking about it: talk to the child when he is not perseverating, describe the observed behavior and situations in which it causes problems.

ii) Empathic understanding - this will reduce anxiety and calming down may help in getting the child unstuck

iii) Self-monitoring to learn and identify potential triggers and also what helps him to stop

iv) Create a "stuck signal" - a simple phrase or action to let him know when he is stuck.

v) Create a plan to get "unstuck" - identify things he can do when the "stuck signal" is given. Eg. a time-out, doing another activity etc.

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