Thursday, May 31, 2012

Latham Centers Introduces…Our Technique of the Week!

Hello to all of our Friends, Colleagues and Families! We have been getting a lot of requests at conferences, on-line and from families on some challenging behaviors that are causing stress for the person with PWS or the care-giver. So, we decided to offer some techniques through our blog that you may find useful. Sometimes it will be about the “big” stressors in your day and sometimes it will be minor issues. In any event, we hope you find them useful and please feel free to give us your feedback! Good luck with our first technique!

Having trouble getting your child with PWS to wear weather appropriate clothing? We all know that transitioning from one season to the next can be a huge challenge for those diagnosed with PWS. Getting stuck in a routine combined with issues with body temp regulation equals sweaters in June and shorts in November! Try layering clothing several weeks before the weather is going to change. Put shorts on under pants starting in May and then when the weather turns hot it will be easier to get used to wearing only shorts. In late August start to add light weight 3/4 shirts and gradually introduce the need for warmer clothing for fall. Some kids have a difficult time giving up their winter hats, no matter the weather. Put a bandana or thin baseball hat on under the winter hat- it won't be as difficult to take off the winter hat if it still feels as though their head it covered. These tricks will make the transition easier and everyone will be more comfortable with that!

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS services

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." 
~Author Unknown

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Latham Director of Development Gerry Desautels receives CFRE accreditation

Desautels, one of only 4,606 CFRE professionals in the US

Gerry Desautels of West Yarmouth recently received certification from CFRE International as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Desautels is the Director of Development for Latham Centers on Cape Cod--helping children and adults with complex special needs lead abundant and fulfilling lives.

Desautels also serves as Co-Marketing Chair of Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod and is a member of the Education Committee of the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Boston University.

The CFRE Program is a voluntary certification process for fundraising professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in serving the philanthropic sector.
Currently, there are only 4,606 CFRE professionals in the United States.

Submitted by:
Anne McManus
Executive Director

Friday, May 25, 2012

Latham and The Special Olympics Experience

May 2012: A Staff’s Perspective

I just wanted to brag about the wonderful day Latham had at Special Olympics.  The kids were all up and ready to go without issue, and staff (overnight, residential, nursing,  Barbara in the kitchen, Kalyn & Hal) did a great job to get everything squared away.  The kids worked as a team from the start….stretching, cheering each other on, and listening to all staff present. There was a big miscommunication with the events the kids were signed up for--the tags for their shirts were all printed with different events than what they had signed up for.  And although this caused MN’s issue, I was so proud to see him use his coping skills and turn things around.    

The event was really spread out and the teamwork everyone showed was amazing. Holly, Katie, Suzanne J., P.J., Mike , Brooke, Sheila and Christina with our Nick combo all came and cheered the group on.  It was wonderful to have Trish there, not only because she’s in charge of the Special Olympics but the kids look up to her so much and wanted to show her how well they’ve done practicing.  Chrissy, Elliot, Gina, and Barbara C. were the staff from the floor.  They were all eager to go and even came in early despite their long day ahead of them.

There were many parents and families there and everyone was introducing and greeting each other.  What an amazing community we have and I am so proud to be a part of it.  Once again Latham rose to the occasion and shined.  Go Hawks!!

Submitted by:
Frannie Quirk

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." 
~Mother Teresa

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

PWS International Caregivers Conference News

Pam Nolan and Patrice Carroll attended the Third Annual PWS International Caregivers Conference in Bavaria, Germany. Patrice led a work group with Dr. Jan Forster and Dr. Hubert Soyer on sensory integration, with a focus on establishing best practices for incorporating sensory work into PWS programming.  Pam presented the findings of this group to all conference participants. It was an honor to be a part of such important work.

The theme of the conference was to establish best practices for training staff who are working with children and adults diagnosed with PWS. It was a lot of hard work but a beautiful setting and the chance to work with over 100 caregivers from 18 different countries made it well worth it!

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

"How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?" 
~Anthony Robbins

Monday, May 21, 2012

Installation of Tim Semple Memorial Playground Moves Forward

Here are three pictures of our new playground being installed. We hope to have it completed and ready for use by next week. The playground is a result of fundraising done in memory of our much beloved Facilities Director, Tim Semple. 

Submitted by:
Tim Vaughan
Residential Director

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Transition in the Business Office

The finance team at Latham Centers has welcomed Heather LedDuke, who is taking over the position of Accounts Receivable Specialist for our retiring billing-extraordinaire Jean Constant next month. Jean has served Latham for four years, and her pleasant, detail attentive, gentle way will truly be missed.  Jean’s professionalism and integrity epitomizes Latham’s core values.  She has developed strong relationships with our many purchasers, consumers and their family members, and staff members throughout the agency.  Jean said she will miss her Latham family.  “Working this closely together really makes it feel like a family,” she noted.  Heather brings a passion for accounting and cheerful disposition to Latham.  “I like the attention to detail that this position requires,” Heather commented. “So far, I love it here, and I do feel like I have found a new home.”    

Submitted by:
Dawn Dinnan
Administrative Assistant/Ass. Staff Accountant

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An Evening at the Brewster Ladies Library

I have two really favorite places in Brewster and they both came together last night when Latham Centers spoke at the Brewster Ladies Library on Prader-Willi Syndrome.  It was wonderful to meet families, professionals and community members who are interested in learning about PWS and the work we do right here in this wonderful community on Cape Cod. I truly was moved to hear the stories shared by families and hope that the information we were able to provide was helpful to all. 

Patrice Carroll, Manager of PWS Services and Antoine V,  an individual with PWS from our program offered insight and perspective to the audience. Thank you to all who joined us on Tuesday night and thanks to the staff at the BLL for hosting this get-together!

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant
Director of Training & Marketing

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Learn About Prader-Willi Syndrome

May is PWS Awareness month! Latham Centers will be presenting a talk on Prader-Willi Syndrome on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30pm at the Brewster Ladies Library.  Brewster is home to Latham Centers, Inc., a nationally accredited program working with children and adults who have a diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome. Join us for an informative session on PWS and learn about the great things being done  to support individuals with PWS. Hear about the therapeutic program utilizing miniature donkeys at our residence in Sandwich and about our soap-making vocational program. Learn about our community in your community. See you there!

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant
Director of Training & Marketing

"Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes. "

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Latham Centers Employee Benefits Fair

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the year again, but on May 9th, we will be having our annual Employee Benefits Fair.  This year it will be held at the Brewster Baptist Church from 9:00AM to 3:30PM.  In addition to having representatives from our insurance carriers and other vendors available to answer questions, we will be offering a number of wellness screenings.  Staff can have their blood pressure and glucose levels checked, have their body composition analyzed and receive an assessment of sun damage to their skin.  There will be a nutrition table with lots of good information and a representative from the YMCA will be there to give information on what’s available at their facility in Barnstable.  And, as always, there will be raffle prizes and a massage therapist providing chair massages!  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Submitted by:
Barbara Culver
Director of Human Resources

"The greatest wealth is health".