Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Have a Little Faith in the Playhouse Raffle

Throughout our adventures around Cape Cod selling raffle tickets for our quaint playhouse, a replica of Sea Captain Elisha Bangs’ home on our Brewster Campus, we have met some amazing individuals. Most recently we encountered Mrs. Faith B., a server and chamber maid at Latham’s Inn & Restaurant in the 1950’s.

Latham’s Inn & Restaurant of Brewster, seen above in the vintage postcard image, was once one of the premiere Cape dining establishments from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, offering fine dining and cocktails, charming staff, boarding rooms, and a hospitable ambiance many individuals on Cape still remember. The popular restaurant was full of life and always busy, run by Mrs. Latham, a woman that Faith remembers well. In a short interview with Faith, we asked her some questions to get an insight as to what Latham Centers’ Main House was like prior to 1970 when Latham Centers assumed the property.

What is your most fond memory of Latham’s?

It was the entirety of the experience. The money was good at the time, considering almost all of us were in college, but it was about the fond memories we developed working there. We worked hard and between meals you went into the ocean to have a swim. At that time the Dennis Playhouse was full of Broadway Stars, and they often came to Latham’s to eat, so it was well attended by glamorous people.

What do you remember about Mrs. Latham?

She was a woman of great taste. It was a beautiful place. She ran a tight ship, but was still kind hearted. We [the Staff] learned all sorts of things, we even learned to be chamber maids on top of great servers. Mrs. Latham made sure that we all worked hard, but she taught us skills along the way.

How do you feel that Latham Centers is carrying on Latham’s legacy?

It turned out in subsequent years, I worked with a population similar to that which Latham serves, so it is nice to see that it has become a home for this population with complex special needs. I worked with individuals with complex special needs in Illinois, so it’s nice to see that this building went through such a great transition. It’s exciting to see the building preserved, and recognized for its history through this raffle.

We thank Mrs. Faith B. for her stories from Latham Center’s past, when its prized Captain’s House was once a bustling restaurant. Raffle tickets for the playhouse mentioned above are being sold for either 3 for $20 or 1 for $10, and all proceeds go to support to the students and adults with complex special needs described by Faith.

Purchase tickets for this historic replica HERE, or visit one of our six partnering businesses selling raffle tickets – MA Frazier in Wellfleet, Seamen’s Bank in North Eastham, Sherwin Williams in Orleans, the joint location of She Sells – The Ocean Edge Shop and JoMama’s in Brewster, or at any of the three Cape Associates locations (North Eastham, Chatham, and Yarmouth Port). You can also visit the replica at She Sells and JoMama’s until October 21st, the date of our 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic where we will be raffling off this magnificent structure, built by Cape Associates.

Submitted by Katrina Fryklund

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Need to Learn First Aid & CPR

I never wanted to be a nurse. It’s just not my thing. Don’t get me wrong. I am awed by what they do and so thankful for their dedication and skill. They have been a life-saver for me over the years and helped with questions and concerns for my own children as well as those I cared for professionally. What I am however, is a certified instructor in First Aid & CPR for the American Red Cross, and I love this part of my job. I teach skill sets that everyday people can use in an emergency.
So, I am always happy to hear from staff when they share how knowing these skills has made a difference in a real-life emergency. Just this month, two staff made such a difference. One, a teacher at Latham School, saw a child choking and knew what to do.  She used her training and successfully helped the student breathe. Our own admissions assistant told me about her weekend experience of helping a passenger on a boat with a head injury. She followed the Emergency Action Steps (CHECK – CALL – CARE), applied direct pressure and had an ambulance waiting at the dock for the boat as it arrived. Two, “non-medical” citizens, possibly saving lives. 

I encourage all parents and care-givers to enroll in courses offered in First Aid and CPR.  Your community fire department, local chapter of the American Red Cross or American Heart Association, adult education programs, etc., probably run classes in your area. Are you the parent or care-giver of a person with additional challenges? Does low muscle tone, balance, swallowing, chewing, poor vision or communication pose additional risk? Get this life-saving training. It’s your neighbor, your friend, your parent, your child who may need help. Maybe it is a stranger and you could just be the right person, in the right place, at the right time as so many in Boston were on that fateful day in April of this year. I know, I know, we are all too busy to add one more task to our  to -do list. But, what if this was you or your loved one needing help?  To borrow that famous tag-line (from NIKE) JUST DO IT!

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant

“Courage is grace under pressure.” 
~Ernest Hemingway

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Monday, July 29, 2013

A Large Turn-Out at our Annual Latham Adult Picnic

This past Sunday over 120 Latham Adult Residents, family and friends gathered at Gray’s Beach under the pavilion to celebrate a healthy lunch with a summer fun theme. After family, friends, and Latham Residents met under the pavilion, they took a swim in the bay at high tide. Latham staff set up a picnic that left everyone excited to eat, serving an assortment of salads and hamburgers. As everyone lined up for the food, they couldn’t help but notice the miniature playhouse- also attending this event.

Latham Residents, family and friends learned about our Charity Playhouse Raffle and enjoyed spending time with one another. Between swimming in the bay, playing on the playground, eating healthy food, and learning about the playhouse and Golf Tournament parents and Residents enjoyed everything that the annual Latham Adult Picnic had to offer.  

While the miniature playhouse can fit into our Residents’ arms, the replica of Captain Elisha Bangs’ Captains house is a full 10 feet long, 8 feet high, and 5 feet wide and can be yours! Tickets will be raffled off on October 21st at our 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic, and can be purchased for 1 for $10 and 3 for $20. Tickets can be found online HERE, or at any of our partnering locations around Cape Cod- MA Frazier (Wellfleet), Seamen’s Bank (North Eastham), all Cape Associates branches (North Eastham, Chatham, Yarmouthport), Sherwin Williams (Orleans), and at the joint location of She Sells – The Ocean Edge Shop and JoMama’s (Brewster). Also, visit the playhouse in person at She Sells and JoMama’s in Brewster!

Submitted by: 
Katrina Fryklund and 
Mike Marchese

Friday, July 26, 2013

TIP of the WEEK: Working With Animals

Children and adults diagnosed with PWS  benefit greatly from consistent and meaningful vocational opportunities. One of the most beneficial jobs is working with animals. A person with PWS is intrinsically compassionate and caring. Animal therapy provides a forum for learning new skills, especially skills that teach basic values such as hygiene and proper nutrition. Although the person with PWS can thrive in the presence of animals, they also struggle with maintaining consistent habits and do not typically do well as the full time care giver. So, jobs working with animals offer the best of both worlds; a place to provide care but not being the sole person in charge of the animal. It is recommended that you schedule short, predicable periods of time where the person with PWS is expected to perform predictable job duties but is not asked to provide 24/7 supervision. The often unpredictable circumstances that come with pet ownership could be too much for a person with PWS and should be thoughtfully considered before placing a person in that position as sole-caregiver. 

Latham offers a number of vocational opportunities for those interested in working with animals; asinotherapy, regular hours at the Animal Rescue League, on site therapy dogs and we are anticipating starting a small farm at our off campus children's home. Creating opportunities for children and adults to work with animals is a win win for everyone!

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” 
~Anatole France

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Community Outing: Brewster Post Office

Today we had yet another community based outing, this time to the Brewster Post Office.  The kids got a guided tour by Postmaster Ken Flemming and learned some fun facts including that the first Postmaster General was Ben Franklin, that Abe Lincoln was a Postmaster as well and that mail carriers in Florida deliver mail on bicycles!  The kids were engaging and had a great time. Thanks to the staff who assisted with the trip and once again. Take a look at our pictures if you like.

Submitted by:
Travis Tebbetts
Behavior Specialist

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Patrice Shares Photos of the Recent IPWSO Conference

What a great IPWSO Conference! The caregivers conference day was filled with passionate and creative people from 22 countries talking and learning about best practices for people with PWS. And I'm happy to say that I survived both of my presentations! The general conference day followed for parents, scientists and caregivers. More to come on the conference in future posts. For now though, here is a scrapbook of photos of friends and colleagues as we learned and laughed together while waiting for that royal baby to be born!

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

Map of countries represented here
Patrice with Jan and Linda
Dinner with doctors, Mary K., and Janalee
Mary K., Janalee, and Patrice

Dr. Hubert Sawyer
Patrice and Jan
Group shot

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Patrice and the Playhouse Travel to Cambridge!

Our world renowned, in house Prader-Willi Syndrome expert, Patrice Carroll was in Cambridge, England for the 8th International PWS Conference hosted by the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization. Patrice is continually supporting our students and adults with PWS, and presented as the expert on both sensory integration and strategies for successful vocational opportunities. After presenting at Fitzwilliam College, Patrice travelled to the classic punting boats on The River Cam for a view of classic Cambridge. Thanks to digital technology, our playhouse, a replica of our Captain Elisha Bangs’ Captains House, has been able to digitally travel across the pond also!

You can win a larger, 10’ long, 5’ deep, and 8’ high replica of Captain Elisha Bangs’ house for your backyard! Tickets are online for $10 for 1 ticket and $20 for 3 tickets at, or you can travel to any Cape Associates location (North Eastham, Chatham, Yarmouthport), MA Frazier in Wellfleet, Seamen’s Bank in North Eastham, Sherwin Williams in Orleans, or in Brewster at the combined location of She Sells and JoMama’s. Also, take a peek at the playhouse that could be yours outside of She Sells and JoMama’s on Route 6A in Brewster, (2740 Main St.).

The winning ticket will be drawn October 21st at our 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Ocean Edge Golf Club Course in Brewster. Runner up prizes include 1.) Golf Foursome at Private Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club Course, Brewster, 2.) One-Night stay with breakfast at historic Candleberry Inn, Brewster, 3.) Cape Cod Braided Rugs $100 gift certificate, and 4.) Gift Basket of All-Natural Goat’s Milk Soap made by Latham School children.

Submitted by:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Selling Raffle Tickets at Snow’s

Hear ye, hear ye! We will be selling raffle tickets every Wednesday until the end of the summer outside of Snow’s in Orleans (22 Main Street, Orleans MA, 02653)! Learn about Latham, look at our miniature replica of the actual replica built by Cape Associates, view photos of the 10’ long, 5’ wide, and 8’ high replica, and purchase a few tickets for friends and family. This charming replica of the Captain Elisha Bangs’ home from the Brewster Campus could be yours!

Tickets are 1 for $10 and 3 for $20! If you can’t make it down to Snow’s, you can purchase tickets online HERE, or at any of the numerous locations selling tickets for Latham (Cape Associates, branches in North Eastham, Chatham, and Yarmouthport; MA Frazier, Wellfeet; Seamen’s Bank, Eastham; Sherwin-Williams, Orleans & She Sells and JoMama’s, Brewster).

See you there in between 10 and 2!

Submitted by:
Katrina Elizabeth Fryklund, 
Development Associate

What a Dream Day....On Cape Cod

For the fourth year running, the good folks at Dream Day on Cape Cod  have taken a break from their regular summer programming, to host Latham School students for a fun-filled day at their Camp Nan-Ke-Rafe in Nickerson State Park.

Imagine the delight of our students to have the scenic camp to themselves....breaking out into arts & crafts, supervised archery and fishing and canoeing groups. The hot but memorable summer day concluded with a picnic lunch and sing-a-longs. We are grateful for the opportunity to try on new activities and build lasting summer memories with our good friends down the road.

 “Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” 
~Alice Sebold

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Friday, July 19, 2013

FPWR Conference News

I had the distinct pleasure of attending the FPWR Conference Breaking Boundaries last week in San Antonio, Texas. First off, let me say I should have paid more attention in my science classes because the most amazing research is being done to address the many complex and different challenges faced by people with PWS. I was blown away by the passion, the commitment and the genius of scientists, professionals and family members gathered together. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and colleagues as well as meet, in person, some Facebook  friends from the PWS community.

I learned a lot. The presentations ranged from the very scientific to the very practical. I know more about Ghrelin now than I ever knew, or knew I had to know. I heard about the role of small pharmaceutical companies and the impact they can have on our loved ones. I found out the diverse research grants coming up and I am personally very excited to hear more about the Global PWS Registry. Dwindling grants and flat funding from governmental agencies makes this work all the more challenging. As with all worthy causes, the funds will never meet the demand so being smart and strategic with the grant money is critical to the over-all success of the Foundation’s investments.

My head (and my heart) was jam-packed with all that was going on but as an admittedly “non-scientific” educator, the keynote speech by Special & Para Olympian Meagan Michie was one of my favorite moments. Hearing Meagan describe her life and her journey to gold medals in swimming was inspiring. I am left with her comment on growing up in Canada; “Can’t is a four letter word in our house”. Thank you Meagan for your story and thanks to FPWR for such a great conference!

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant

Thursday, July 18, 2013

IPWSO Conference News

Today was the first day of the IPWSO conference and what a wonderful start it was! Over 200 hundred people from dozens of countries have joined together to listen, learn, share and support each other on topics from genetic phenotypes, GI issues, creative living solutions and more. July is typically a rainy season here but much like back in the states the UK is in the middle of a heat wave which has given all of us a chance to take long walks at sundown to enjoy the breathtaking gardens and architecture throughout the city of Cambridge. How nice to spend time with our international family in such a beautiful place.

Tomorrow I present on sensory integration in relation to behavior modification  during the morning session and on successful strategies for vocational opportunities in the afternoon session. Cheers!

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thanks, Agway!

A huge thank you to our neighbors at Agway for providing us with planters filled with beautiful annuals for our playhouse raffle. Located at She Sells in Brewster, the summer planters complement our charming playhouse perfectly! You can buy tickets online HERE, or inside at She Sells! Thanks Agway!

Submitted by:
Katrina Elizabeth Fryklund
Development Associate

Sunday, July 14, 2013

TIP of the WEEK: Surviving a Behavioral Incident

1. Be patient- It is very hard to see our kids in a full blown meltdown, tantrum or aggressive episodes. Once a serious behavior starts it is virtually impossible to stop it mid cycle. Instead, we need to let it play it's course and keep them safe from hurting themselves or others. Tell yourself that this too will pass. Many of our kids fall asleep after a behavioral incident. Use this time to get yourself back to baseline so that the rest of the day can be salvaged.

2. Stay calm- The calmer you remain the more in control of the situation you will be. Even if you are in the middle of a store with people staring and talking under their breath, keeping your feelings in check will help to move the behavior from out of control to tolerable, back to in control. This is not the worst thing that has ever happened and it is not the worst thing that will ever happen so stay in the moment and take lots of deep breaths! Just remember one of my favorite sayings: If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back. You have an amazing child who sometimes cannot manage his or her feelings.

3. Ignore- Some behaviors are simply attention seeking and best ignored. Try to figure out what they are really asking for or needing in the moment. Throwing an object, screaming, or blatantly breaking a rule may mean the need for a nap or it could be a sign of over stimulation or boredom. Don't address the unwanted behavior instead meet their needs and move on.

4. Catch it early- We all know the warning signs, pay attention to them. Many serious behavioral incidents can be suppressed if the warning signs are noticed. Distraction and redirection are the best ways to turn the corner from something bad is about to happen to we're getting on with our day.

5. Keep yourself at baseline- I can't stress this enough. Unwanted behaviors are more often than not the result of anxiety. Adding your own anxiety to the mix will add to the duration and severity of the behavior. Your child's school has probably provided you with coping skills for your child. Use them yourself often, practice them and you will undoubtedly see the results in yourself as well as in your son or daughter.

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager PWS Services

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  
~Theodore Roosevelt

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Playhouse Travels to She Sells – The Ocean Edge Shop and JoMama’s in Brewster

Friendly staff at She Sells – The Ocean Edge Shop

Throughout the summer we have tracked the whereabouts of our charity playhouse built by Cape Associates; an accurate replica of Latham’s Brewster Campus’ Captain Elisha Bangs’ Sea Captains House. Now the quaint replica will be resting on the pristine shared lawn of She Sells – The Ocean Edge Shop and JoMama’s on Route 6A in Brewster.

As the 10’ long, 8’ high and 5’ wide replica has travelled around Cape Cod - from HarborFest in Wellfleet, to the Seamen’s Bank picturesque wild flower garden in Eastham, and to the Chatham Fourth of July Parade. It is finally residing through September at 2740 Main Street, Brewster, at She Sells and JoMama’s.

Visit the playhouse, meet the fantastic staff at both She Sells – The Ocean Edge Shop and JoMama’s, and peruse the shop and cafĂ© when you purchase tickets inside. Tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $20. This Sunday, July 14th watch for members of the She Sell’s family selling tickets outside!
If you can’t make it to Brewster, tickets are also on sale at all Cape Associates office locations in North Eastham, Chatham, and Yarmouthport as well as Sherwin Williams in Orleans, Seamen’s Bank in Eastham, and MA Frazier in Wellfleet. All proceeds benefit programming for students and adult residents of Latham Centers.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about their chance to win this charming playhouse! Tickets are also available online HERE. The four runner up prizes include a Golf Foursome at private Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club Course, Brewster, a one night stay with breakfast at historic Candleberry Inn, Brewster, a Cape Cod Braided Rugs $100 gift certificate, and finally a gift basket of all natural Goat’s Milk Soap made by Latham School children.  The winning tickets will be drawn October 21st at the 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Ocean Edge in Brewster. Need not be present to win.

Please like this post and share with your friends!

Submitted by:
Katrina Fryklund

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fourth of July Festivities on Campus

We had a great Fourth of July!!! The kids had a fun busy day.  Starting with a parade, a BBQ, dance party, water games, and a tour of sand castles.  The kids kept busy and really seemed to enjoy another great holiday at Latham.

Submitted by:
Frances Quirk, 
Medical Assistant

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Brewster Coffee Shop Presents its 2013 Summer Surfboard Raffle!

The Brewster Coffee Shop Presents the 2013 Summer Surfboard Raffle! Win your own custom 8’0” Mini Long Board made by VEC - 2 + 1 Fin System Valued at $900 to benefit Latham Centers’ housing for young women with complex special needs.
Tickets exclusively on sale at Brewster Coffee Shop! Go get yours today!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cape Associates Playhouse Raffle Float a Huge Hit in Fourth of July Chatham Parade

Throngs of supportive and delighted spectators lined the streets of the lively Chatham Fourth of July Parade cheering on the Cape Associates Playhouse Float to benefit Latham Centers. The Shore Road to Main Street route was the perfect venue to show off the replica home modeled after the 1855 Sea Captain’s house on the campus of Latham School in Brewster.  We honored the parade’s “Hats Off” theme with hard hats perched from the house’s chimneys and a banner shouting out “Hats off to Cape Associates’ Mike Cole—A Life Well Lived” unfurled from the charming portico.  Many Cape Associates’ employees, family and friends turned out to greet the crowds, promote the raffle and show off the fine craftsmanship of the playhouse valued at $6,000.

To purchase your own chance to win a piece of Brewster history,  CLICK HERE. The drawing will be held October 21st at the Fourth Annual Latham Charity Golf Classic.
You need not be present to win. Hats off to all!

Friday, July 5, 2013

TIP of the WEEK: Independence Day

The dictionary definition of independence is "not relying on or requiring someone else, not dependent, not subject to control by someone else."  In this country we celebrate July 4th as our Independence Day, the day we declared to the world that we were a self sufficient body and would no longer be controlled by laws and rules that were not our own. Independence is a highly revered character trait and yet we often don't allow our kids to experience this. We are afraid for them, and often for good reasons but this fear holds them back and keeps them from growing and learning. Pushing for growth, taking risks and allowing a person to experience failure and accomplishments is a recipe for long term success. We want to protect our children, of course, we want to decrease their stress and anxiety, yes, but we do not want to do this at the expense of their potential achievements. So teach them independence- don't make their bed for them, insist they bathe themselves, once they are tall enough to reach the knobs on the washing machine, have them do their own laundry. These skills will not only teach them self sufficiency which is invaluable especially in a group residential setting but will also pave the way for bigger and better progress as they develop. Set the expectations young that they can take care of so many of their own needs and by the time they are grown they will be ready for a less restrictive environment. Just remember- the more you do for them the less they will do for themselves. Independence is an amazing feeling that should not be lost on our kids.

Have a Safe & Happy 4th from all of us at Latham!

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

“What we instill in our children will be the foundation upon which they build their future.” 
 ~Steve Maraboli

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