The Latham Centers' Gilbough Program opened its doors to work with individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome in 1980. Today we have evolved from a small program with few individuals to a nationally known leader in PWS residential treatment.
We currently have 6 adult houses with all PWS individuals. All houses have 4 or 5 adults with PWS. Additionally we have 1 adult in a shared-living setting. For the younger population, we also have one of the few childrens residential programs that serves children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
The Latham School has a capacity for 12 students with PWS (boys 12-22, girls 8-22). All residents participate in a host of community and agency sponsored activities and have productive, active lives.
Our work has shown that there are a number of important key elements. In order for our individuals to experience a vibrant and thriving lifestyle, programming must support and include the following:
- Well trained staff versed in Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Houses with all PWS individuals
- A nutritional plan in place (we have a 5 week nutritional plan)
- Either a locked kitchen or locked cabinets and refrigerator
- Nursing knowledgeable in PWS health issues
- Commitment to utilize community resources (i.e. local gyms, educational resources, shops, day programs)
- Involvement in Special Olympics and/or other organized recreational activities
- Behavioral specialists (consulting and/or staff)
- Psychiatric care with a physician knowledgeable in PWS
- Committed teams to work with each individual's abilities, goals, and dreams
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance,
all things are attainable."
~Thomas Foxwell Buxton