Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Parade Today

Today at Latham there are lots of people you normally wouldn’t see walking around campus. There is Batman, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Michael Jackson, Barbie and a human size puppy just to name a few. Today is Latham’s annual Halloween Parade.

Students and staff come to school dressed in their favorite costume. Classroom discussions take on a whole new feel when everyone is dressed up. After school today all the students will make the Halloween trek around campus trick or treating on a specified route. Later they will judge the best staff costume when all staff line up. This is a great day at Latham.

"There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls." 
~George Carlin

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Deadly Appetite, A Documentary on the Discovery Health Channel

MY DEADLY APPETITE follows William Weaver, a 14-year-old boy with a craving that could kill him. He was born with Prader Willi syndrome, a rare and incurable chromosomal defect that makes him feel completely starved at all times. At 280 pounds, he is in the midst of a major medical crisis that triggers physical aggression, impulsivity and compulsive hunger. His parents have even gone so far as to padlock the refrigerator out of fear that William would eat until he died literally until his stomach burst, as has happened to others with the condition. Desperate, the Weavers send William to the only known Prader Willi program in the nation, where he will spend 60 days in a lockdown unit.

This is set to air on November 3rd at 10pm on Discovery Health Channel.

"If we would have new knowledge, 
we must get a whole world of new questions." 
~Susanne K. Langer

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kids Love Field Hockey

In Physical Education this week, many of the classes have been learning field hockey skills. Presently, they are learning how to handle the stick and basic ball handling skills. Physical education is a regular part of the kid’s school day and is geared towards their individual needs.

"Well done is better than well said." 
~Benjamin Franklin

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Campus Holds Community Meeting to Support Mr. Sumner

Yesterday’s community meeting was different than usual. As a campus, everyone meets monthly to discuss news, share positive affirmations between each other and celebrate all that is good with Latham. The focus of yesterday’s meeting was on the marathon Brewster town administrator Charlie Sumner is running to raise money for Latham.

All staff and students met in the Mainhouse to listen to Mr. Sumner and his good friend and trainer Stephen Najarian describe the race they are going to be running on Halloween. Both Mr. Sumner and Mr. Najarian received numerous questions from the kids and a rousing ovation to support their efforts.

To support Mr. Sumner’s Halloween run, checks can be made out to Latham/NAMI Marathon Fundraiser and mailed Attn: Charles Sumner, 14 Herring Brook Lane, Brewster, MA  02631.

 Donations can also be made through PayPal by clicking  Donation through PayPal will be deposited into an account at the First Citizen Federal Credit Union in the name of both these organizations.  Monies will be distributed equally between the two groups unless specified by the donor.

 For more information on the Marine Corps Marathon, visit:

"There is an itch in runners." 
~Arnold Hano

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Latham Welcomes Patrice Carroll

Latham Centers, Inc. is pleased to announce that Patrice Carroll, MSW has joined our Agency as Manager of Prader-Willi Syndrome Services.  Patrice has been working with people with Prader-Willi Syndrome since 2000. Formally with Advocates, Inc., Patrice has presented both nationally and internationally on PWS research topics including the use of sensory integration, aggressive behavior and skin picking.  Patrice is on the PWSAUSA Professional Providers Advisoy Board and consults to providers and families nation-wide on working with people with PWS. Patrice can be reached at:

"A leader is a dealer in hope." 
~Napoleon Bonaparte

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Special Olympics Senior Games a Success!

Latham was represented at last weeks Special Olympics Senior Games last Saturday. Ten athletes participated in the day’s events and enjoyed a wonderful day!

"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others 
on your side." 
~Margaret Carty

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brewster Town Administrator to Run Marine Corps Marathon on Behalf of Two Cape Charities

Brewster Town Administrator Charles Sumner is running off Cape on Halloween Day to participate in the 35th Marine Corps Marathon on the Washington DC Mall.  He will run to benefit two Cape charities—the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Cape Cod and Latham Centers in Brewster. Voted the best marathon for families, the Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the nickname as “The People’s Marathon.” The MCM is the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the world.

In preparation for his first marathon, Sumner, 55, has been training with a good friend (and avid marathoner) since the spring, running many miles a week. “My longest training run thus far has been 18 miles, with one 20 mile run planned before slowing down to ease into the big day,” according to Sumner. “I am grateful for my health, my family, and life on Cape Cod. I want to celebrate my good fortune by participating in this marathon, to set a personal challenge and to fundraise for two important Cape nonprofit organizations.”

NAMI is a volunteer group that offers support and education to families and friends of those with a serious mental health illness and to individuals with the illness. Those illnesses include Clinical Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cape Cod NAMI is an affiliate of NAMI Mass and NAMI National in Washington, DC.  NAMI advocates, as a recognized voice on mental illness, on a local, state and national level.  Funding is from fundraising and membership only.   All resources are open to the public and are free of charge, including recovery classes at Cape Cod Community College.  Cape Cod NAMI collaborates with other organizations here on Cape Cod, including the Veterans Affairs, to reach out to families and veterans affected by PTSD following combat or military exposure.  For more information about NAMI please refer to their website by clicking HERE.

Latham Centers, located in Brewster and Orleans, has a residential and private day school that services students ages 8-22 in need of a highly skilled professional team of experts. Their students often have troubled histories, survived trauma, are developmentally delayed, exhibit emotional behavioral challenges and include those living with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). PWS is a genetic disorder that manifests with uncontrollable appetite, limited motors skills, mild to moderate retardation, and compulsive behaviors. The Center provides services and support to children and adults living with this life- threatening genetic disorder and families in the community.   Please refer to the Latham School website for more information HERE.

 NAMI and Latham Centers offer much needed support and education to individuals and families dealing with enormous challenges.  They are instrumental in achieving a healthier life for those living with these illnesses, and in creating a better Cape Cod community.

 To support Sumner’s Halloween run, checks can be made out to Latham/NAMI Marathon Fundraiser and mailed Attn: Charles Sumner, 14 Herring Brook Lane, Brewster, MA  02631.

Donations can also be made through PayPal by clicking  Donation through PayPal will be deposited into an account at the First Citizen Federal Credit Union in the name of both these organizations.  Monies will be distributed equally between the two groups unless specified by the donor.

 For more information on the Marine Corps Marathon, visit:

Charles Sumner, Brewster Town Administrator, can be reached at:

2198 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631
Phone 508-896-3701 X134

"Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of of victory"
~General George S. Patton

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Former Colleagues Stop By Latham!

 Latham School was delighted to see two former colleagues drop by to visit the program. Joan LeBlanc, former Director of Special Education and Beverly Poirer, former ADL Supervisor and social worker were amazed at the improvements to the campus and the expansion of our programs. Joan and Bev shared some of their fondest (and funniest) memories of their time at Latham and were impressed with the advances in treatment, education and care our students are receiving.

It was a pleasure to see both Joan and Bev today and we hope to see them again!


"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, 

and one of the best things you can be."  
~Douglas Pagels

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Friday, October 1, 2010

It’s a Small World…

The other night I was out to dinner when someone came over to me and introduced herself as a family member for a student we provide services for.  I was delighted to meet her and was so pleased to hear how much she and the student’s family feels supported by the hard work and dedication of the Latham Centers staff. It is an unusual thing to have 15 students with PWS in the same program.  So often, they are the ‘odd man out” in their schools and communities. 

When kids with PWS have a food secure environment and staff trained in their care, the world opens up for them.  Families will always worry about their children; it’s part of being a parent.  But how rewarding it is to hear that the stress and fear for their child has been diminished due to the existence of a school like ours. To think that this gem of a program on Cape Cod is reaching around the world  helping families, adults and children challenged with PWS makes me enormously proud to work at Latham Centers!

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." 
~Jane Howard

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