Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Herring are Running!

It’s time! The herring are running. This time honored tradition is happening now. Put down those iPads and cell phones and take the kids to see something amazing and real!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Outside Play!


We have much to be thankful for as we progress through the seasons. I am delighted to arrive and depart work in the daylight. I love hearing the voices of students playing outside, seeing the bikes around the campus, and dodging the basketball activities around the hoop. Spring is here and one can’t help but to be optimistic that the balance between inside and outside time has finally shifted.

A school campus is always a hotbed of activity. The incredibly cold weather we had did not stop outside play, it just shortened it. Now, with light extended beyond the dinner hour, students can return to the outdoors to do kid stuff. Running. Swinging. Jumping. Pedaling. Skating.  I love the word “play." It never fails to put a smile on my face. Exercise, while good and admirable, doesn’t always sound fun. Yet what is play if not exercise?

A healthy lifestyle with physical activity is a habit we wish to instill in the people we support. It is critically important to their overall well-being that exercise be a part of their daily routine (ours too). I just choose to reference it as play. I have learned that I get a better response to "come play a game with me" than "come and exercise with me".

Let’s face it; there is a reason why baseball games start with a joyful shout of “Play ball!” and not “Go exercise”. I should now take my own advice right now and go out and play. It’s this pesky job thing that keeps getting in my way….

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant


"Energy & persistence conquer all things."
~Benjamin Franklin

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cape and Islands DDS Citizen Advisory Boards Holds Annual Recognition Breakfast


(Pictured) Rep. Sarah Peake, Linda Baird, Justin, Rep. Cleon Turner, Sen. Dan Wolf
Every year The Cape Cod and Islands DDS Citizen Advisory Board has a Recognition Breakfast.  This is to recognize individuals from the Cape and Islands area who have had a fulfilling and successful year with the assistance of their staff who are also recognized. Latham Centers Inc. nominated Justin C. and his staff, Linda Baird, this year.  After coming from the children’s program into the adult program, Justin had numerous life interfering behaviors. These behaviors would ultimately lead to putting himself at risk. Justin has seen his share of staff, myself included, and then in 2012 Linda began working with him. In the short time that they have worked together, they have achieved and identified numerous coping skills to help with his stressors and behaviors.  Linda has shown patience, creativity, and compassion in her work with Justin. With the support of Linda, Justin’s life interfering behaviors have greatly decreased. He is now able to engage and enjoy relationships and activities that were once stressors for him.  Seeing the incredible changes Justin has made with the support of Linda since I worked with him over 4 years ago is a credit to the hard work and dedication Linda has for her job. We congratulate them both for this well-deserved nomination and recognition. 

Erik Tibbetts
Residential Manager

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Still Time to Purchase Tickets for Siobhan Magnus Happening May 3rd at Guapo's!


http://www.eventbrite.com/e/exclusive-concert-with-siobahn-magnus-and-elco-drive-limited-availability-tickets-11122925971

Head towards Guapo’s May 3rd for a once-in-a-lifetime Siobhan Magnus, Cape Cod American Idol Star, performance at Guapo’s in Orleans! Siobhan Magnus and her new band Elcodrive will sell-out in this one-night only benefit performance from 9:30pm-12am. Latham Centers will be the grateful beneficiary with ticket sale proceeds going toward Latham's Children's and Adult programs.

This is not Siobhan’s first time supporting us and we’d like to show her how much we appreciate her through great attendance by you, and your friends and family! Tickets are on sale for $20 HERE, (21+ please). The night will include a prize drawing for 2 bikes! More? All of those who purchase a $20 concert ticket will be eligible to win a pre-concert dinner with Siobhan at Guapo’s Saturday Night. Winner of the dinner will be announced on-air by Joe Rosetti prior to the show on May 3rd.

Share this with you friends, and we'll see you there!



Friday, April 25, 2014

TIP of the WEEK: Living with Anxiety


Anxiety and PWS go hand in hand. Our kids live every day battling anxiety that ranges from mild to crippling depending on the situation. Even the most anxious child in the most stress provoking situation can rise above and face their fears.

1. Set an example. Kid do what we do. They watch everything and learn by modeling. If we avoid stressful situations or cope with anxiety by isolating or acting inappropriately, so will they. If our kids see us facing our fears and coping with stress with strength and confidence they will have template to follow.

2. Praise bravery. Every time you witness your child being brave, even in the smallest way, point it out and praise, praise, praise. Let your child overhear you talking about them facing a challenging situation because too often they overhear not so nice things being said. Remind them of how brave they were the next time a similar situation arises.

3. Avoid making excuses for poor behavior ( in front of them). We know that there will be bad days but don't let your child hear you say that their behavior was a result of anxiety/PWS/lack of internal control, whatever the cause may have been. Making excuses for the behavior allows your child to relinquish all accountability.

4. Encourage communication. Talking about anxiety, what triggers it for your  child, how it makes him or her feel, and what lessens it are all ways to find the pattern, start to pinpoint where and when it starts and most importantly, how to help them relax in the moment.

5. Establish a nighttime routine. Bedtime is often difficult because it is one of the biggest transitions of the day and forces the child to relinquish all control. At least one hour before bed turn off tv's and computers. Read a book to young children, flip through magazines with older kids and teens. The goal is to set a calm tone that allows them to transition from busy to still more easily.

Regardless of your child's level of anxiety, showing them by example and fostering positive behaviors will eventually become habit for them ( and you) and will allow him or her to live with having anxiety instead of anxiety ruling their lives.

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services


Related posts:
Coping Strategies
Caring for Yourself
Managing Stress and Anxiety


“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up”
 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Latham School to Host Rare Open House for Brewster in Bloom Weekend


Latham School of Brewster invites the public to attend one of two Open House campus tours on Saturday, May 3 during Brewster in Bloom weekend. Staff and volunteers will host two guided tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. of the residential campus serving children with complex special needs, including Prader-Willi Syndrome. Latham School is located at 1646 Main St. in Brewster, across from the Brewster Fire Department.  Visitor parking and tour check-in will be at the Latham School parking lot at the corner of Alden and 1646 Main Streets.

These two interactive campus tours offer a rare opportunity for the general public to witness the vibrancy of Latham School’s programs. Tour highlights include stops at the Latham Schoolhouse; Yawkey Dormitory;  Student Craft, Soap and Plant Sale; a Dog Training Exhibition by a Latham Student and Companion Animal Program mentor; a Student Spring Art Show; and Latham President & CEO Anne McManus speaking on the history of the Captain Elijah Bangs Main House. Proceeds from the Craft, Soap and Plant Sales will benefit Brewsters Ladies' Library. Visiting children are welcome and can access the campus playground during their visit. All tour guests will receive a complimentary, all-natural goat’s milk soap made by Latham School students.

More about Latham Centers
Founded in 1970, Latham Centers courageously, compassionately and creatively helps children and adults with complex special needs, including Prader-Willi Syndrome, to lead meaningful, abundant lives.  Latham is internationally recognized for its expertise and success in working with individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder with no known cure.  Latham Centers currently operates the residential Latham School campus for children in Brewster and oversees eight group homes and independent and shared living environments for adults throughout Cape Cod. Latham Centers is fully accredited by the international Council on Accreditation.  Since its inception, Latham has served more than 1,000 individuals. Today, it is one of the largest non-profit employers based on Lower Cape Cod. For more information, visit www.lathamcenters.org.

More about Brewster in Bloom
Brewster in Bloom is now in its 28th year taking place May 2, 3 and 4, 2014 when thousands of people will flock to Brewster to participate in this first-of-the-season Cape Cod festival. It’s one great festival for three great days when the business community and the Town of Brewster host a variety of anchor events. Brewster in Bloom is hosted by the Brewster Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Town of Brewster. For event listings, sponsor information and entry forms for both the Bloom Run and the Parade, please visit www.BrewsterBlooms.com.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Prader Willi Syndrome News in Massachusetts

Call your state senator! They are voting soon on the Omnibus Autism bill.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed a comprehensive autism bill -- H 4047. The bill is a combination of many of the pieces of legislation recommended by the Autism Commission, including the bill that would expand DDS eligibility.  


Here is a component of the new bill:

DDS will now be directed to include in its eligibility guidelines the federal definition of developmental disability for people on the autism spectrum and those with Prader Willi Syndrome. This change will help many whose functional needs are not reflected by their IQ scores and who are now denied access to DDS services.

Although the bill has passed the House,  the Senate will be voting soon. It is vital to call or email your state senator and ask them to please vote in favor of the Omnibus Autism bill.


Addresses:
State House
  Room 511B
  Boston, MA 02133

  Phone: 617-722-1570
  Fax: 617-722-1271
  Email: Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov


District Office 
  Hyannis, MA
  Phone: 508-775-0162

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Cleaning

I have been putting off some spring cleaning in my office--primarily, the top of my desk, the inside of my desk, alongside of my desk and under my desk. Basically it is my whole office. Maybe it is because Spring never actually got here that I continue to delay this process.  I seem to collect the oddest bits of information and I hesitate to rid myself of them because if history has shown me anything, it is that the moment I toss it, I need it. There is stuff still here from 2011. In this fast-paced world, that is ancient (kind of like me).

This is not an isolated situation. I have been told that when I cook, I use every pot and utensil available and by the time I finish cooking, my kitchen looks like a crime scene. So, I know my challenge. The phrase that runs through my head is “A place for everything, and everything in its’ place.” Unfortunately, I usually fumble after the “a place for everything” part. It takes patience and organization to become neat. I am not tidy by nature. These are not the words anyone in their right mind would use to describe me. So if it is hard for me, imagine how difficult it is for those who have additional challenges to just “neaten up." Here are a few ideas that have worked wonders for my family and I in the quest to see the floor or counter in my home or office:
  • Use stackable, clear containers allowing one to see what is inside.
  • Decide on a limit rather than buying more containers for more stuff. Be sure there is some wiggle room to grow a few collections after “culling the herd”. It is like getting your hair cut. It has to grow before it needs cutting again.
  • If you are investing in shelving, be sure to secure it safely to the wall.
  • Put pictures or labels on drawers, cabinets & closets.
  • Make a pledge: Bring something new in, take equal item out (make a fun sign and hang it up).
  • Focus on generosity. Make giving personal. Donate to a hospital, school, library, church group, pre-school, relief organization or a charitable foundation you like or feel supported by.
  • Make it a team or family operation. No one likes to be singled out. Be sure to celebrate a job well done.
  • Take a photo or make a drawing of what the space is now supposed to look like so there is something concrete to compare your effort to.
Not everyone will rejoice in this on-going project. Use your schedule or certain times of day to your advantage and clue in key people in your life (O/T, teacher, siblings, etc) as they, too may have suggestions on how to make this successful. 

Good luck. Spring cleaning, I hear you calling my name.

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant


"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day."
~Robert Frost

Friday, April 18, 2014

TIP of the WEEK: What I Know



For the past 16 years I have worked almost exclusively with people diagnosed with PWS. It has been the joy of my professional life and I would not want to be doing anything else. I have learned a thing or two over the years. Here are the top ten things that I would like parents to know.

1. The very best ideas come when we are about to give up. I can't tell you how creative and innovative a person can become when the only alternative is to fail. I have seen this countless times and it never fails to astound me how many ideas come from the drive not to give up on someone.

2. People with PWS can and do make the best of everything. Faced with innumerable odds they thrive and force everyone around them to step up and notice their contagious love of life despite so very many challenges.

3. It only takes one person to believe in your child. Keep that person in your life.

4. If you can't throw it in the washing machine on hot, it's never going to get clean so don't buy it. Keep it simple. Don't try to impress anyone. Any extra time that you have should be spent on yourself not on your laundry/house/car/nosey neighbors or in-laws. Do the minimum on unimportant tasks; you'll need all the energy you can get.

5. When you're in the car alone listen to the music that you loved in high school; Loudly. This may be your only chance that day to unwind. Use the time wisely.

6. Invest in a really good carpet cleaner. Just trust me on this one.

7. You can do this. There will be days that knock you down and you will not want to get up. But you will and it will be worth it.

8. The paid people in your child's life care. They do. They will make mistakes and will never love your child the way that you do but they will love your child. Give them the benefit of the doubt and allow second chances. The vast majority of caregivers and health professionals are in their jobs because they are compassionate and giving people. Understand that they come from a place of healing and caring when you interact with them. Success is measured by your child's happiness so know that they want the exact same thing that you do but may approach it differently.

9. Experts can be wrong. Trust your gut. I have learned just as much from a 10 minute conversation with a child with PWS as I have from professionals who have spent a lifetime working with them. Both experiences are just as valuable. Be an open minded and flexible advocate. Listen to everything and use only what works for you.

10. Love your child for who they are, not what you want them or wish for them to be. Will they meet all of the typical milestones? Probably. Will they graduate from school and hold down a job? Most likely. Will they ever stop picking/yelling/being aggressive/being rigid? Maybe and maybe not. Will they have a happy and fulfilled life? Yes. They will. They will find what brings them joy and they will have relationships and interests that are uniquely theirs. I don't profess to know everything but I do know that their life will be worth celebrating and you will survive the journey and in the end will have given the world a person who made everyone around them better just for knowing them.

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

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Top Ten Strategies for Emotional Meltdowns in Public
Top Ten Strategies to Survive and Thrive During Holidays
Top Ten Reasons Latham Excels in PWS Residential Placement

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Progress

 I was at a conference recently and I stepped into the elevator and saw this on the wall.


PROGRESS IS ALWAYS A WORTHWHILE 
JOURNEY


I immediately snapped a picture, knowing I wouldn’t remember the exact quote.  However, I knew this needed to be shared with other parents; certainly parents of children with special needs.  We already know our child’s progress comes at a different rate.  But it doesn’t matter, because we have learned to celebrate whatever progress our child makes.  It may be learning to point or wave.  Or it may be learning to sit up, walk, talk etc.  This journey we are on is so worthwhile yet it may take us awhile to see it.  If you are still grieving after having received a diagnosis, you are in good company.  If you are further along, you are in good company, too.  I believe that all of us come to the conclusion that this journey we take with our child is worthwhile.  Why? Because our kids are the most special kiddos on this planet and in this journey, theirs and ours, progress will continue to be made and we will be able to say that it is, indeed, a WORTHWHILE JOURNEY!!!!

Susan LaPlant
Director of Admissions


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Latham Players to Star in “Waiting for Oscar”...Get your tickets while they last!

Above Left-Lauren as Lilly; Center: Derek as Rooster, Leona as Annie and Schuyler as Daddy Warbucks; Right: Wanda as Lt. Ward
 Latham Players to Star in 
“Waiting for Oscar”

The sun will certainly come out when the Latham Players take to the stage for their ten minutes of fame performing numbers from the smash Broadway musical Annie at the Cotuit Center for the Arts . The Players are one of nine Cape Cod special needs organizations hamming it up in Waiting for Oscar, featuring selections from some of the most famous and beloved Hollywood movie and song productions. Shows are at 6pm Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17, and 2pm on Sunday, May 18.

Tickets are $20 per person with cabaret (chairs at tables) seating. The event is expected to sell out. Purchase your tickets today online HERE or by calling the box office at 508-428-0669. All performances are in the Main Performance space of the Cotuit Center located at 4404 Falmouth Rd. in Cotuit.

“Waiting for Oscar is a Hollywood musical revue of sorts that brings us to Mayfield, where the promise of an OSCAR Night turns the small town upside down as performers prepare for the big event,” according to longtime Latham Players Director Penelope Chatterton.  “I have been up to my ears finalizing costumes and rehearsing with this highly enthusiastic troupe of nine players. They all LOVE theater which makes my job even more enjoyable.  It’s been a joy watching them embrace their respective characters for this live, collaborative event.”
Waiting for Oscar, is produced by Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network – CapeCodCAN! dedicated to providing opportunity for inclusion and active participation in the arts for people with disabilities on the Cape.   

Text and photo by Gerry Desautels

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The True Heroes


Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 12th Annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast sponsored by the Cape Cod and Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross. I could tell you how excited I was to meet the real Captain Richard Phillips (Charming? Check! Funny? Check! Articulate? Check! Hero? Check! And not too hard on the eyes either ). I could tell you about all the interesting people I met at the breakfast and trust me, there were hundreds there, but I want to focus on the heroes. What struck me was that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Most of us don’t wake up in the morning and say “Hey, I think I will save someone’s life today.” And yet, these remarkable people did just that. Kids who were lifeguards, grieving parents seeing a need for services for wounded veterans, neighbors stepping outside to see what was wrong, a pizza delivery driver on his way to a customer, volunteers at the 2013 Boston Marathon. There were community service heroes who devote their time to others; those who see a need and fill it whether it’s for therapy pets or help for the homeless, or teaching math to individuals with developmental challenges. 

Imagine you are customer in a store, just driving along down the road, or a guest at a wedding who ends up saving the life of the father of the groom. The brave first responders, military, police, fire personnel who never know what they will be asked to respond to on land, on the water or in the air. What if you are an organ donor asked to donate to a stranger far away? All good Samaritans in the right place at the right time. All of these and more were recognized for their actions; some placing themselves at great risk by stepping up and helping others.

I am sometimes discouraged by who we, as a culture, choose to worship as heroes. I love, love, love sports, but does having this talent or gift really make you a hero? I am glad to say my faith in common sense was restored by the wonderful tribute these citizens received from their community, our own Cape Cod and the Islands. And to be honest, I consider the work being done by our staff at Latham Centers to be transformative and life-saving as well. While I am not a native Cape Codder, I have always been proud to consider myself a citizen of this beautiful sand bar, living and working amongst so many heroes-- and there isn’t anywhere else I’d rather live. Except of course, in the winter….

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant


"Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary."
~Gerard Way

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sensory Art Class
























Our third term kicked off this past week and what does that mean… New Clubs! Our Sensory Art Club was such a hit that word got around to the students and we now have two clubs dedicated to the Sensory Art Club. This class provides the students the opportunity to have all five senses be impacted. Brewster Falls teacher, Amie Gould states that the Club promotes a “calming atmosphere and allows the students the opportunity to be creative while developing their fine motor skills." Physical Education Teacher Mary Ware created a “Rainbow Sensory Board” that all students pass throughout the day. Students have the opportunity to touch/look at the board which combines calming colors and stimulating material that meets the sensory needs of our students. Way to go teachers!


Gerald J. Pouliot, M. Ed
Director of Education

Friday, April 11, 2014

TIP of the WEEK: The PWS Bladder


Many of our kids and adults have issues with urinary incontinence. This is often seen as behavioral but the truth is, although it can be, it seldom is something that they have control over. The typical person feels the need to urinate when the bladder is half full (about one cup) and has extreme urgency when the bladder is near full (about 2 cups). The person with PWS does not feel that initial half full urge to urinate and by the time they do feel the need to go the bladder is nearly full. This means that by the time they feel the urge it is almost too late. You know this if you have ever been stuck in traffic with a person with PWS; Once they say they have to go, you have minutes, on the generous side, to get to a bathroom. So here is what you can do:

  • 1. Plan bathroom breaks at least every hour whether they have the urge to go or not.
     
  • 2. The flow of a person with PWS is different as well and they should be encouraged to wait several seconds before stepping away from the toilet. It may take up to 30 seconds for the flow of urine to start.
     
  • 3. Encourage drinking during the day and less so in the evening. Overnight incontinence is extremely common and restricting fluids after dinner will help with this.
     
  • 4. Avoid shaming of any kind. This will only foster sneaking behavior around incontinence; Hiding wet underclothes and pants, unwanted behaviors due to embarrassment or guilt etc...

Don't forget that people with PWS are more prone to hyper hydration than a non PWS person. Hyper hydration can be as or more dangerous than dehydration. Always check with your child's doctor as to how much fluid your child should drink each day.

Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AmeriCorps Cape Cod Making a Difference at Latham

AmeriCorps members Scott, Allyson, Libby and Sumi break while clearing out the second floor “Barn” building of the former New England Fire and History Museum now owned by Latham.
 AmeriCorps members pose with Community Connections consumer volunteers
on the front steps of the Former Fire Museum Property along Route 6A Brewster

AmeriCorps Cape Cod has been improving the Cape for the past fifteen years, and Latham Centers is grateful to be selected as one of its Brewster improvement sites during National Volunteer Week: April 6-12.

Concentrating on natural resource management, disaster preparedness and response, education, and volunteer engagement, AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s program includes some 32 members from around the country working to improve the Cape throughout the year. We were honored and fortunate that the organization selected Latham as part of “All Access Brewster Week” with special focus on improving the lives and accessibility of special needs individuals in our historic hamlet.

We thank Sumi, Scott, Libby, Allyson, Bethany and the entire AmeriCorps team for selecting Latham Centers and our newly acquired Fire Museum Property at 1439 Main St. for a spring cleanup inside and out. The group has worked tirelessly with volunteers from Community Connections -a day habilitation program attended by several Latham adults—to clean up debris in spaces once filled with firefighting memorabilia. Latham plans to renovate the buildings of the former Fire Museum for expanded recreational, educational and vocational programming for our children and adults with complex special needs, with an emphasis on inclusive community facilities use during off peak hours. Design studies are currently underway as Latham dreams big for the future with the help of committed community partners like AmeriCorps Cape Cod.

Other AmeriCorps Cape Cod Brewster sites this week have included Quivet Marsh Vista, Mant’s Landing Beach and Long Pond, Linnell Landing and Brewster Community Gardens. To learn more about AmeriCorps Cape Cod click HERE.

Submitted by
Katrina Fryklund and
Gerry Desautels

Monday, April 7, 2014

Creativity Takes Flight at Latham


As some may be aware we have started up a creativity group over the past months. We meet once a month with a craft idea for our individuals to make and they enjoy adding their own creative spin on it. In October 2013, we had the theme of a ghost. November was all about the bird of the month. In December 2013 it was snowmen, and in January our individuals created paintings that were exhibited at an art show on the Cape during February to celebrate Valentine's Day. The project for February was paper lanterns for the Chinese New Year and now it is Spring (finally) so our March theme is Easter bunnies.

This group is all about allowing our individuals a way to express themselves creatively in a positive way. Once the individual has completed their project, it is joyful to see how happy and proud they are of their creation. From a bunch of random items something beautiful is made. This is one of the reasons I personally do what I do. It builds confidence, social skills, and independence. I could probably go on and on about how it is such a positive thing for our individuals but will end with it is my pleasure to be involved with such a creative bunch of individuals.


Submitted by:
Erik Tibbetts
Residential Manager, Adult Services Latham Centers

Friday, April 4, 2014

Siobhan Magnus One-Night Only Performance to Benefit Latham Centers!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/guapos-cinco-de-mayo-2014-tickets-11122925971

Click HERE for Tickets!

TIP of the WEEK: Accepting Change


Let's face it , change is hard for everyone. We all feel safer and more secure when life is predictable and we get to see the road ahead clearly. Unfortunately that's not the way life works and for our kids this can be the source of endless stress and anxiety. No one can predict each day but there are some things that we can do to make accepting change a little easier.

1. Talk about it. If there is the possibility of disappointment talk to your son or daughter about how they might handle a change in the plans. Don't do this for every event but if the situation is not set in stone and for some reason they found about about it, let them express their feelings and practice how to talk about feeling let down or angry. Nobody wants to look forward to something and have it not happen and these are learning opportunities to practice appropriate responses to hard feelings.

2. Plan mindful changes in their schedule. If you have done the same thing every Tuesday afternoon for the past 6 months plan a small change to that schedule and use it as a teachable moment.

3. People fear change because it makes us feel powerless. As we mature emotionally we begin to accept change as we feel more internal and external power over our environment. Allow your child choice when change occurs. Allow them to feel more in control when the very structure that makes them feel in control is taken away. If something in their life is changing, big or small, give them options as to how they want to proceed. This can be as simple as choosing their new bedroom if you are moving or picking out new school supplies if their favorite teacher is leaving.

Learning to face change bravely is a sophisticated coping skill that comes with time and practice. Help them to get there by validating and teaching them that change does not equal powerlessness.

Submitted by:
Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

Related Posts:
PWS Worries
Change is Hard
Transitioning to Adult Services



“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
 ~Jim Rohn

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MCAS Testing in Full Swing


MCAS is in full swing! Students have prepared diligently and feel fully equipped to take on the state’s testing. Students ranging from 6th grade all the way to our 10th graders have taken on the journey that is MCAS. 

I want to thank our extraordinary teachers that have used a variety of resources that have ranged from the iPad, to the classroom Promethean Board, role-play, and to the good old-fashion textbook! 

Good luck students of Latham!




Submitted by:
Brittni Taylor
Assistant Principal