“Will the hairdresser cut my hair too short?”
“Am I grinding my teeth down?”
“Is my schoolbag falling apart?”
“Will *insert name here* be there?”
“Will *insert name here* die because they’ve got a cold?”
“If this is a Disney film, I can’t watch it, it’s too babyish! Is it?”
“Is Topsy and Tim recording?”
“Will my tablet run out of batteries? It’s only 89% charged!”
“Why doesn’t my brother like Hello Kitty?”
“Why doesn’t Daddy like aubergines?”
“Santa isn’t going to bring me any presents, is he?”
“Will you be late?”
“Will we be late?”
“Will they be late?”
“Is Hitler in the toilet?” (I’ve written about this last one before. It’s the kind of thing that tends to stick in your mind.)
So what can you do to minimise a PWS person's anxiety?
There is no easy answer. But sticking to your plans where you possibly can is a good start. And having a plan for when plans don't go to plan is another good plan. (I hope that's clear, I got lost in the middle there for a minute).
We don't always get it right. We try to explain, to distract, and to comfort. It's better to demonstrate than remonstrate.
And mostly, we just wait. The huge, all encompassing, meltdown-inducing worry might remain a problem, but often, in a day or two, it’s forgotten about. Just like a dead dictator in a toilet.