Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Visit From Dr. B.J. Goff...

This past week, Latham’s Children’s Program was very fortunate to have Dr. B.J. Goff come and spend two days sharing her expertise with us. BJ spent the majority of her time in conversation and training with the staff who work with our kids with PWS. She gave us a lot of great ideas and we will be busy implementing them over the next few months when she will return.

Among her recommendations include sharing our rich activity schedules with parents in advance so that they can plan visits around them. We are looking forward to an ongoing relationship with BJ who has enormous experience and passion for this population. She also has a deep appreciation for the difficult journeys parents undertake when raising a child with PWS.

As she said, it is the most difficult disability for a parent to deal with as the responsibility is so great. After all, their child’s life is at stake for the rest of their lives. Latham is striving to work in partnership with parents to ease their burden in raising their children so that they can enjoy life to their fullest potential.

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. 

One is roots. The other is wings." 
~Hodding Carter, Jr.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Join Us On Facebook!

Latham Centers is really excited about our new Facebook page! Through this new endeavor, we hope to be able to better serve our existing clients, add valuable research and awareness about PWS to a larger community and to partner up with like minded souls. If you are already a member, please stop by and add us on to your friend list. If you are not currently a member of Facebook, please join- it is free, it's easy and it's a great way to stay connected! Find us HERE!

"All human beings are interconnected, one with all other elements in creation."
~Henry Reed

Friday, March 13, 2009

Good Table Manners Pay Off!

The girls in the North Wing worked diligently on their manners in the month of February. They each had individual areas of concern that they were working on at all of the residential meals. This was a huge success for five out of the seven PWS girls in the North Wing. We had kudos from a couple of Moms that were thrilled with the improved table manners their daughters displayed on their home visits. The five girls and staff took their newly improved manners out to the 99 Restaurant to show them off. They did a great job and they were all very proud of their accomplishment!

"Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup."
~Bennett Cerf

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Advice From Dr. Janice Forster...Quick & Easy Changes

One of the typical issues we face when working with children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome is the challenge of helping them keep their spaces and rooms neat. A quick fix for this problem may be the use of open storage containers and shelving. Dr. Forster pointed out that when items are “out of sight” they cease to exist for many of our students and adults. They need to see what they have so let’s assist them with organization by getting units that fit their needs. Resources for this type of storage are:

Crate & Barrel: www.crateandbarrel.com
Pottery Barn: www.potterybarn.com
Ikea: www.ikea.com

"Live simply that others might simply live."
~Elizabeth Seaton

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Crunchy Is Good!

Part of the PWS food menu is the inclusion of crunchy veggies during mealtimes. Crunching on celery, carrots, and broccoli helps those with PWS feel full and aids in digestion. These foods increase the volume of food on the plate and helps the person feel like they are getting a “complete” meal. Another good idea for parents and caregivers of children or adults with PWS is to consider the addition of Omega 3 oils to the diet. As always, check with your primary care physician and/or nutritionist on adding this to the daily regime.

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."
~Hanna Rion

Monday, March 9, 2009

Latham Partners with Brewster Housing Authority on New Housing Plan

Almost 5 years ago, Latham began a dialogue with the Brewster Housing Authority to find ways of working more collaboratively. As neighbors, Latham School campus abuts the Housing Authority’s property. After discussing a variety of initiatives, the idea of creating housing designed for the individuals we support came to fruition.

We are currently in the planning stages of developing an 8-unit apartment complex with two wings, each consisting of 2 single-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom apartments. Each unit will be equipped with assistive technology to augment the support of the individuals residing there, providing many with the opportunity to live independently in a supported environment. We anticipate the opening of these apartments spring of 2010!

"Change always comes bearing gifts."
~Price Pritchett

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Latham Hawks Return Victorious!!!

There is nothing that helps build self esteem, confidence, and social skills better than team athletics. In children services, more than half of our student population participated this weekend in the Massachusetts Special Olympics Winter Games. The Latham Hawks were successful in their pursuit of medals in both competitions for basketball and bowling.

Through the season, which began after the New Year, teams practice once a week. This is an opportunity to build skills in the sport, but also to learn many other skills. Athletics is a critical piece of our therapeutic recreation program and helps our kids on every level. Students are very proud to be a part of the Latham Hawk tradition.

Congratulations to all who participated this weekend and thank you to everyone who supports our teams. Even though the winter season just ended, all on campus know that in a couple of weeks preparations for the upcoming track and fishing team will be underway. Go Latham Hawks!!!

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
~Walter Elliott