Friday, August 30, 2013

Latham Centers Acquires New England Fire Museum Property on Route 6A in Brewster


This week Latham Centers announced its acquisition of property previously held by the New England Fire and History Museum, located at 1439 Main Street, Route 6A in Brewster.  The announcement comes after the real estate transfer was approved by the Massachusetts Attorney General and The Supreme Judicial Court.  The fire museum property is located 0.3 miles from Latham’s residential school campus for children with behavioral, developmental and physical special needs, including Prader-Willi Syndrome, located at 1646 Main Street, also in Brewster.

“The transfer has been more than a year in the making,” according to Anne McManus, President & CEO of Latham Centers, Inc.  “We are so grateful to the fire museum trustees. They have inspired us to imagine the possibilities this property holds for our residents and staff alike in providing world-class services and innovative treatment and programs right here on Cape Cod.  We are also looking at ideas for Brewster residents to use the new facility during off- peak hours as a new community resource.”

Latham acquired the property and six structures for $1.00—a common procedure when one not-for-profit entity is dissolved or divests of holdings to another not-for-profit agency. Today, Latham is respected for its rate of success with individually-tailored programs for children and adults (and their families) facing multiple complex diagnoses.  Since the early 1980s, the agency has also specialized in treating individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome—a genetic disorder with no known cure characterized by severe symptoms including insatiable appetite, slow metabolism and a myriad of other physical and cognitive challenges.

“The trustees have disposed of everything in the fire history collection and the sale marks the end of our 35-year history on Cape Cod as an educational museum,” according to Joan Frederici, President of the New England Fire and History Museum, Inc.  “We are delighted that Latham will be able to use the property to advance its own educational mission as a leader in residential care for its unique and deserving population.”

Founded in 1972 by Eugene and Jocelyn Morris, the museum showcased the couple’s firefighting memorabilia collection, while chronicling the history of firefighting. The museum closed in 2005. At the height of its operation, the complex of six buildings featured 35 historic fire engines surrounding a replica of a New England gas-lighted common. Exhibits included the first fire engine shipped over by King George III to Boston in 1767. The museum also offered an antique Schmidt apothecary, a blacksmith shop, formal herb gardens, and a “contemplation garden.”

According to McManus, Latham will commission a master plan study of its space usage with an architectural design firm to develop and ultimately revive the Fire Museum property for optimal use by Latham residents, staff and the greater community.  “Our imaginations have been truly captured by this opportunity as we dream of the possibilities and honor the history of the property,” says McManus. 

Next steps planned by the agency are to develop a Community Advisory Committee and, ultimately, wage a capital campaign to improve the property once a master plan is completed.

TIP of the WEEK: Sensory Integration Activites



“Sensory integration occurs automatically in most people, so we tend to take it for granted, just as we take our heartbeat and digestion for granted.” - Dr. A. Jean Ayres
           
This quote is so true. You may be reading this blog with many discrete distractions surrounding you, i.e. a clock ticking, cars driving by, even a family member simply walking by. We take our ability to handle these situations for granted. Many of our students here at Latham lack a natural sensory diet. Mary Lee Chamberlain, Latham’s OT consultant, came to our school with a vision to enhance our student’s sensory diet. Mary Lee collaborated with our vocational team and it was determined that our students would start a woodworking project. The project will allow our students to combine their senses in a natural, meaningful way. From sanding the woodwork, maneuvering the furniture as they work, to painting the final project, students will increase their attention, arousal level, and body awareness while creating beautiful pieces of furniture. Of course this is easy to perform here at school because we have access to our vocational room. Here are a few things that you can do to enhance your child’s sensory diet while at home:

Finger paint:        Your child can demonstrate an increased awareness of the finger movements which can assist with buttoning, tying, and other everyday activities.        

Sand play:            Use aluminum foil and sand from the beach to create scenes from a favorite book or movie.

Pillow Making:    Find an old pillow case and have your child rip up fabric to stuff in their personal pillow.

Rolling Games:    Use a small scooter to roll down or roll up small hills.

Yoga Balls:           Try to balance for an extended period of time.


Submitted by:
Gerry Pouliot
Assistant Principal


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Clock is Ticking! Sign up Today!

Time is running out to sign up for this most amazing conference!  Join us on September 20th & 21st for this special event. We are looking forward to meeting you!




 Friday, September 20 only: $75 per person
Saturday, September 21 only: $100 per person
September 20 & 21: $150 per person




 

De-cluttering the Atmosphere


Packing. It is time to pack. I love to travel. I hate to pack. What do I take? What can I leave behind? Do I need that third pair of flip-flops? The “3-1-1 rule” at the airports is not friendly to my sunscreen & shampoo needs. Will the airline lose my luggage yet again? So many choices, so little space. Too many options and I am now paralyzed with indecision.

Stop. Breathe. Breathe again.

This is not an uncommon situation when working with children and adults with special needs. The result can be an increase in anxiety that triggers agitation and/or “freezes” the person in their confusion. Too many verbal directions? Too much stimuli? Take a moment and de-clutter the atmosphere.  Everyone processes information differently. We need to remember that it is the “information sender” (parent, teacher, staff) who has the responsibility to be sure the “information receiver” (child, student, client) understands the message. It is our responsibility to deliver it to them in the language and speed that they can process. Slow it down. Keep your tone of voice neutral. Pick the best time and method to communicate. Let’s face it, you know your child best.

Share your knowledge with those people who work with your child and take in from them what they have found is successful. I will never forget the elderly man who worked as a housekeeper at Latham back in the 1980’s. He suggested I put the trash can next to the door in a student’s bedroom. He said the student remembers to empty it because she sees it on her way out of the room. Back in the far corner it was “out of sight, out of mind." There was now no need to remind her to empty it with multiple verbal directions. The maintenance man figured it out: this kid was a visual communicator. The result: fewer shut-downs, more praise and success.

Now it is time for me to return to packing. Here is a little gem of advice I learned from a travel expert: Build your travel wardrobe around three complimentary colors. All your individual pieces will go with whatever else you have in your suitcase. Fewer decisions, more time to enjoy the trip! Ciao!

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant


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“The more simple we are, the more complete we become.”
~ August Rodin

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Community Success Story


Stephen M. is not a new-comer to the work force. Stephen has had a few jobs since he has been with Latham, unfortunately all ending unsuccessfully. Just about a year ago Stephen applied and was hired at Kmart in Hyannis. Knowing his past track record with other jobs it was decided to support him 100% of the time at work with a job coach. In no time at all Stephen was being recognized as a great addition to the Kmart cashier team. Stephen has won multiple awards since he has been there including: Employee of the Month for his store and Employee of the Month in his district. 
 
He wears a special lanyard given to those to be considered “game changers”. On top of the awards he has received from work, he has also completed a huge personal accomplishment. It has been a goal of his for years to “obtain part time employment and hold this job for six months or longer." This goal was met and surpassed with a new goal of maintaining part time employment for two years or longer.  This is a success story for all people with disabilities that, with the right level of support and understanding, anything is possible.  We look forward to many more accomplishments at work from Stephen.





I recently had the opportunity to travel to New Jersey to participate in the Northeast Regional Kmart ultimate cashier competition. I was chosen based on the achievements I have made at my job. The day of the competition I discovered that out of 11,000 associates, I was one of the 1% present. During the day I went through the course of two interviews that tested my knowledge and job skills associated with being a cashier. Regardless of the outcome, I was already a winner in my own eyes.
To all my friends: You can achieve whatever you set your mind too when it comes to maintaining a job. I have been with the company for less than a year and I have come this far. With the right assistance and support you can do this too!

By: Stephen M.


Submitted by:
Erik Tibbetts,
Residential Manager
 



“What you get by achieving your goals in not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
~Henry David Thoreau

Monday, August 26, 2013

Miniature Playhouse Makes its Way to the Asinotherapy Program!



Daily, our adult residents work with miniature donkeys; Angus, Moonbeam, Curly and Jake through the Asinotherapy program. Now that the donkeys have become such an integral part of the Latham family, the miniature playhouse digitally found its way into the pen as one our residents showed an audience how to work with and care for our beloved pets! 

You can buy tickets to win the larger replica of our Latham School Main House, measuring 10’ long, 5’ wide, and 8’ high HERE. One ticket can be purchased for $10 and 3 tickets for $20. All proceeds go to support initiatives for Latham individuals with complex special needs and Prader-Willi Syndrome, such as our incredible donkey therapy program! Tickets are being sold through our community partners like MA Frazier in Wellfleet, Seamen’s Bank in Eastham, Sherwin Williams in Orleans, the joint location of JoMama’s and She Sells – The Ocean Edge Shop in Brewster and all Cape Associates branches (N. Eastham, Yarmouthport & Chatham.) Also, look for us at community locations, like Snow’s this Wednesday August 28th, from 2pm to 4pm, and community events throughout August, September and October.

Submitted by:
Katrina Fryklund 


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Saturday, August 24, 2013

TIP of the WEEK: Lunch Box Snack Ideas


Lots of questions coming my way over the past few weeks about snack ideas for back to school. Most snacks will fall into the 100-300 calorie range. Here are some ideas for back to school lunch boxes:
  • 1. One cup of high fiber cereal. Be sure to couple this with at least 6 ounces of fluid to avoid constipation.
  • 2. One ounce of almonds ( about 25 ).
  • 3. 12-15 grapes ( freeze grapes for sweeter taste and more appealing texture for tactile sensitive kids).
  • 4. Berries mixed with one serving of yogurt.
  • 5. Two ounce serving of tuna, chicken or salmon. Extra protein is a great way to ward off the   afternoon fatigue so frequently seen in our kids.
  • 6. 12 mini pretzels with a tablespoon of almond butter.
  • 7. 10 multi grain crackers with a tablespoon of light ricotta cheese.
  • 8. Three cups of air popped popcorn ( you can make this more interesting with very few added calories by adding unsweetened cocoa powder).
  • 9. Two small oranges and a small handful of walnuts.
  • 10. Vita top chocolate muffin tops. These are a huge hit with the kids as they have a great chocolate taste. They also have the added benefit of 9 grams of fiber.
Snack time is an important break in our kids day. With kids on fewer calories than their typical peers, it is important to use each calorie wisely.


Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Summer 2013 is Wrapping Up


Have you noticed that the air feels & smells different? It’s that time when summer begins  to get “old” for me. I noticed it this weekend and even though it has been years since I needed to contemplate going back to school I see it in the eyes of the summer help around the Cape. College kids are heading back to school. High-schoolers are keeping the ice cream shops, grocery stores and restaurants going and the clever commercials for Target and Staples now clutter the television channels. Except here at Latham! We are in the no “vacant stare” zone! School and summer clubs have been happening all summer long. Kids are active; they are exploring their environment--discovering Cape Cod and all it has to offer.  Performing in plays, creating art, singing in concerts, playing sports, swimming at the beaches, fishing, canoeing, biking—all things that make a summer memorable. I believe the structure we have in place (meals, activities, exercise, academic support), the schedule and the rich activity choices have helped our students enjoy what could otherwise have been the risk of unplanned time – boredom and/or anxiety.

As we begin the transition back to school, we listen to our experts and gently make changes that help students move from one season or schedule to the next. It is a delicate dance, but worth the effort when children know what to expect next. I hope you and your family have enjoyed the summer as well and that you take the remaining few weeks to begin your own transition back to school year routines. Patrice Carroll, our Manager of PWS Services has submitted two earlier blogs HERE  and HERE on ways to help achieve success heading back to school. Scroll back through our blog and take a look. Heading off to school can be a challenge but with careful planning you can be successful!

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

TIP of the WEEK: Back to School Tips For Older Students


  • 1. If your child will be moving from classroom to classroom throughout the day draw a map and practice the route before school starts. The constant change of environment throughout the day is the number one complaint of older children diagnosed with PWS. Larger schools often require children to walk to different floors or across large buildings in a short amount of time. Be sure to ask for additional time for your child to transition between classes.
 
  • 2. Use visual schedules even for older children outlining morning routines and class schedules throughout the day. A small visual schedule can fit inside a notebook cover and will not bring unwanted attention as this may make your child feel singled out or too different from his or her peers.
 
  • 3. Be sure your child has a go to person for issues that may come up during the day; forgotten locker combination, encounters with a bully or simply a much needed break or person to talk to.
 
  • 4. Allow your child to practice self advocacy skills by meeting with administrators and/or teachers to ask questions and practice how to handle potential scenarios that may arise.
 
  • 5. Last but definitely not least, do your own walk through to spot potential food sources and get in writing that your school will keep all food contained to the cafeteria.

Back to school can be stressful at any age but older children have the added stress of bigger schools and greater expectations. Planning ahead will decrease some of the anxiety and increase their chance for success.

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services


“A good education helps us make sense of the world and find our way in it”
 ~Mike Rose

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

See What's Going on at Latham!


Sometimes there is so much going on at Latham that I have a hard time catching my breath! All good things, just a lot going on! Let me be sure you all are aware of the great stuff happening here and in our terrific community….

Last night, we celebrated with friends old and new at one of my most favorite places in Brewster. “Learn About Latham Night” brought us to the stunning terrace at Ocean Edge Resort, recently voted by Boston Magazine as the BEST resort on Cape Cod (congratulations to our friends for their hard work in winning this prestigious award).  This is one of my favorite events. Meeting our supporters, meeting new friends, saying hello to families and board members brings to light the reason Latham is, in my mind, one of the gems in the care and treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome and other complex special needs. And I don’t say that lightly since I am married to a jeweler. For me, it is always the personal stories from families and individuals that makes this night so special. 

The day before, the Falmouth Road Race saw 16 runners for Latham among 12,000 racing through the picturesque town at the upper end of Cape Cod. Hard for visitors to “get” the geographic label of Upper when Falmouth is “lower” on the Cape arm than Brewster, but I digress…Those 16 runners raised over $18,000 for Latham Centers, and included present and former employees, family members, friends, students and individuals we provide services for.  I am grateful to all the runners (including my niece Jordan) who passed up a beach day and put on their sneakers.

A short ride up from the campus along beautiful Route 6A is the Brewster Coffee Shop. One of my personal favorites (try the cranberry pancakes) and a great friend of Latham, Maura and her family continue to provide visitors and residents alike with a great home cooked breakfast & lunch. If you look out on the patio, you will see an awesome yellow and orange long board being raffled off for, you guessed it, Latham! Maura believes so strongly in the work being done here that she ordered this custom VEC made board and is selling tickets until the winner is drawn on Labor Day. Get your goofy feet over there, have a coffee and purchase your tickets to win one of the best custom-made surfboards ever, dude!

Now, you need a little shop therapy so drop over to She Sells, the Ocean Edge Gift Shop next to JoMama’s in Brewster and check out the playhouse replica of the Latham Main House that everyone needs for their yard. The beautifully built 5 x 8 shed is being raffled off at the 4th Annual Latham Golf Tournament on October 21st at (you guessed it) Ocean Edge! This course is a must play for golfers and will be followed by a fabulous dinner and auction, so if, like me, you don’t golf, come and join us for a great time afterwards.

Now, I am saving my personal favorite for last! We are hosting the 2013 Prader-Willi Syndrome Conference, Best Practices: Our Shared Journey on September 20-21, 2013. Registrations are coming in and there are a few spots left to join Latham, Advocates, Inc. and PWSANE as we connect with families, caregivers, educators and other professionals on topics near and dear to our hearts. The 2-day event takes place during the official end of summer weekend, but to those who live here, we think it is the beginning of the most beautiful season on Cape Cod. Did I mention that it is at….Ocean Edge? I hope I will see you soon!

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Team Latham 16 Breezes Past Falmouth Road Race Finish Line





Jordan Milesky of Brewster and Drexel University running the 2013 Falmouth Road Race for Latham Centers, Inc.

Sunday August 12 marked the 41st Running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race  on Cape Cod. More than 12,000 runners ran the scenic 7.1 mile coastline course, including runners for some 100 regional charities. For the second consecutive year, Latham Centers was among the charities selected for its popular Numbers for Non-Profits program. As part of Team Latham, sixteen dedicated runners came together to run the race and raise program operating funds for Latham children and adults with complex special needs. While the race attracts professional runners from around the globe, the race provided Latham with a vehicle to attract new donor support while promoting healthy exercise in the great outdoors. The day was sunny and clear, and also featured some runners who were not able to cross the Finish Line this April at the Boston Marathon.

One Latham family member/runner called the event a “powerful experience” while a Latham employee/ runner described it as “truly inspirational and moving.” Rounding out the running pack was a Latham parent and past and current employees and community supporters. Each runner ran with heart and for a cause near and dear to his or her heart.  What’s more, every dollar raised through donations will help to support  Latham's athletic programs, Special Olympics training and physical/occupational therapy for individuals with complex special needs. To learn more, visit www.lathamcenters.org.

Submitted by:
Gerry Desautels
VP of Development and Community Outreach 



“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. 
~John Bingham


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mark Your Calendars!!


Join Us Tuesday, August 20@7:00pm!

Is your child's school year beginning soon?  Or has it already begun?  If so, PWSA (USA) is here to help!  On August 20th at 7PM we will present "Getting Ready for School" - a webinar designed to help parents and families prepare for the new school year.  Topics will include:  communicating effectively with teachers and other school professionals, parent advocacy tips, and information about important PWS specific educational resources.  We will also have lots of time for your questions about school issues.  We hope you will join us!
  
 Meeting Name: Getting Ready For School

Date/Time: August 20, 2013 at 7:00pm
08/20/2013 

Registration is required to join this meeting. Click here to register: Getting Ready For School Registration

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Friday, August 9, 2013

TIP of the WEEK: Back to School

 

Now that our kids have finally gotten used to the summer schedule, it is already time to start getting ready for back to school. Here are some tips for making that transition a little bit easier:
  • 1. If your kids have been on a summer sleep schedule ( later bedtimes and later mornings ) then start now with the new sleep schedule. It will take a few weeks to get used to school bedtimes and early mornings.
  • 2. If your child has a new teacher or classroom ask if you can visit before school starts. A picture of the new environment and/or a visit to the school will ease some of the anxiety that comes with change.
  • 3. Wash new school clothes several times before asking your child to wear them. Stiff clothes with tags will likely not be tolerated. Have your child wear new outfits at home before sending them off to school in them. This will allow your child to concentrate on school and not the unfamiliar outfit or pair of shoes he or she is wearing.
  • 4. Be sure nap time and/or frequent sensory breaks are incorporated into your child's day. In many cases our kids lack the attention span to sit through an hour long class. Make sure the school is aware of this.
  • 5. Have a back-up plan for the first few weeks. Your child may be experiencing anxiety levels higher than usual and may not be able to tolerate a full day of school. If you are expected to be at work full time then make arrangements now for half days, late mornings or needed early release.
Back to school can be a stressful time for everyone in the family but with some planning it can also be a fun and exciting new step in the lives of our kids.
Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services
 

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The View from My Window

I have the best office! I really do. Directly outside of my window (I’m on the second floor) is a gorgeous tree with a picnic table underneath. I am the beneficiary of children’s laughter or conversations that float up to my window. As I gaze down, I see kids & staff interacting. I don’t see “special needs” kids, just….kids. They are engaged, playful, silly, and unaware a grown-up is upstairs. I stop work (frankly that is the easy part) and watch; not in a “clinical” way, but more of a longing to take in this moment of pure childhood. It’s a snapshot moment that I will store away to reflect on when I feel kind of low.  It never ceases to amaze me that our kids, kids who have a legitimate reason to question and rail “why me”, are so kind and caring with each other. Yes, of course, there are arguments and teasing, but when it counts; they are there for each other. I will take that over advanced academic achievement every time.



Submitted by:
Chris Gallant

Monday, August 5, 2013

Captain Elisha Bangs’ Replica Profiled on Cape Cod TV


The Latham Charity Playhouse built by Cape Associates has garnered considerable media attention all over the Cape this summer. Now you can learn about the charming structure (10’ long, 5’ deep, and 8’high) on television! Both Lower Cape TV, channel 99 and Cape Cod Community Media Center/Mid Cape TV, channel 17 are now airing informational segments featuring Gerry Desautels, VP of Development at Latham Centers and Matt Cole, President and CEO of Cape Associates. The two joined forces to film the special with the Lower Cape TV crew. In one take they captured all of the elements of the house--the beautifully replicated architecture, the community involvement, and the extraordinary students and adult residents of Latham Centers in which it benefits.    Shooting for this playhouse special took place on the joint lawn of She Sells – The Ocean Edge Shop and JoMama’s on 6A in Brewster where the playhouse resides on view for the summer.

Lower Cape TV  and Mid Cape TV will air the playhouse segments throughout the day at various times until October 21st, when the playhouse will find its new home at Latham’s 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic at idyllic Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the Golf Classic’s Awards Dinner Banquet along with four runner up prize tickets. Click on the coordinating links to view the schedules for Mid Cape TV and Lower Cape TV.

If you can’t catch the broadcast, you can read about the playhouse on the Cape Codder website. Rich Eldred, Brewster reporter, discusses the importance of the raffle and how it directly impacts the residents of the Latham Community in this descriptive article, printed in the July 19th issue.

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). Runner up prizes include a Golf Foursome at private Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club Course, a one night stay with breakfast at historic Candleberry Inn (Brewster), a Cape Cod Braided Rugs $100 gift certificate, and a gift basket of all natural goat’s milk soap made by Latham School children.

Submitted by
Katrina Fryklund

Friday, August 2, 2013

TIP of the WEEK: Getting a Good Nights Sleep


One of the most common issues we hear about from families and other providers is sleep problems. Too much sleep or extreme fatigue, restless sleep or difficulty falling asleep, waking too early or struggling to rouse in the morning. The common thread is that people with PWS often do not have quality sleep and this affects every aspect of their lives. We always suggest a sleep study and sometimes this will tell us that there is an underlying physiological reason for sleep disturbance. Many of our children and adults are prescribed medications for sleep or machines that aid with the flow of oxygen but what do we do when the issues prevail after these interventions?
Here are some suggestions:
  • Pick a reasonable bed time and stick to it. Our kids will often fall asleep at a very early hour, sometimes right after dinner. Although this may give your family some time to yourselves in the evening you will undoubtedly be looking at a wake time of 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and unless you have also gone to bed after dinner this is sure to have an impact on your entire day.
  • Create a routine after dinner that keeps your child's interest but is not so stimulating that it will be difficult to transition from wakefulness to sleep. There are a number of apps and computer games that are fun and interesting but calming at the same time. Search for " nighttime games for iPads or PC's".
  • Low impact exercise will also keep your child awake but not interfere with the transition from awake to asleep, in fact this is the best way to transition to bedtime. Walking, yoga and stretching exercises are a good way to calm the body down.
  • Choose a morning routine that is quiet and predictable. This will start your day off right and will make waking less stressful for your child. If your morning is typically hectic it is much more likely that your child will learn to stay in bed to avoid facing the anxiety of a busy routine.
  • Naps throughout the day may be necessary but keep them short and as early in the day as possible.
Sleep issues may be organic. Our kids are tired and fatigue easily but these issues can also be a learned behavior to either avoid stress or assert some control over their environment and routine.
And it goes without saying that getting a good nights sleep yourself is the very best thing for you and your family too.

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services


“Sleeping is nice. You forget about everything for a little while.” 
 ~H.K Ruman



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