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Perseveration (3C)

Perseveration is the uncontrolled repetition of a response, emotion, or behavior (word, phrase, behavior, or idea) despite the removal or end of the initial stimulus. The behavior may appear as repeated behavior, tunnel-vision or inappropriate response in spite of a changing task requirement.
Perseveration may interfere with a student's learning and adaptive behavior (e.g., effective interaction, on-task behavior, flexible shifting among topics and activities), and is believed to result from neurologic impairment. Students may exhibit a variety of perseverative behaviors including those which involve uncontrolled and extended maintenance of a thought, activity, emotion, problem-solving strategy, or topic in conversation, the uncontrolled repetition of a word or phrase when it no longer contributes to meaning, or the uncontrolled repetition of a motor activity beyond its usefulness.

Formal Diagnostics

A physician or psychologist's diagnosis of a medical condition that is related to perseveration would be appropriate documentation.

Intake Questions

  • Do you find that you have difficulty finishing your assignments or getting to class?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?

Resources

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