September 16, 2021
Quinn has been a student at Latham Centers for around four months and has made vast improvements and reached multiple goals. At a recent community meeting, he won the Student Hygiene Award. In this podcast, Quinn discusses the importance of good hygiene for all youngsters, especially during the time of COVID. Listen to Quinn’s shock as he hears that he won the award despite 44 other students also achieving hygiene goals. Quinn also discusses some of the challenges he faced when entering the Children’s Program for the first time and how he can lend a helping hand to new students in Latham’s new student Mentorship program.
August 6, 2021
Joselyn has been a student at Latham Centers for a few years and has recently blossomed. In our August 2021 Community Meeting, she won the Healthy Lifestyle Award, and in our 17th Podcast, she explains why. Also, Joselyn teaches our listeners about the SummerTide program, explaining the different components and activities. Throughout the short Podcast, you can hear Joselyn pridefully explain how far she’s come, discuss her upcoming goals, and consider how having PWS has never held her back. It’s as if you can hear her smile!
April 21, 2021
Meet Bridget! Bridget is a student at Latham Centers who has excelled in program. In this podcast, she explains her “forever” interest in animals, “I always knew that I wanted to work with animals.” Patrice Carroll and Katrina Fryklund talk to Bridget about her hobbies and passions. She suggests that you encourage somebody with PWS to make goals and achieve them just as you would anybody else. Having PWS does not make you less capable, “Let [people with PWS] go for what they want, and don’t hold them back.”
March 26, 2021
In our 15th LivingHealthy Podcast, Patrice Carroll and Katrina Fryklund discuss friendships with Student Mia. Mia helps us navigate difficult friendships, explores the importance of safe friendships, and outlines the most important aspects of a good friendship. First, “you have to have their back, and always say good things about them,” next, “you want to be able to trust them to be a good friend back,” and finally, “you can’t change someone else’s personality.” To learn about the rest of Mia’s spot-on suggestions, listen to her 12-minute podcast!
March 2, 2021
In this episode Patrice Carroll and Katrina Fryklund discuss community, friendship, and fitness with students Chris and Justin. Chris and Justin live in the same suite at Latham Centers, and while Chris is getting ready for graduation, Justin is beginning his Latham tenure. This podcast explores the PWS Specific virtual fitness program 'Let’s Go Fitness’' roll-out on campus (https://www.letsgo.fit/), as well as Chris and Justin’s individual successes. Patrice emphasizes the importance of environment and community, “'Let’s Go Fitness' gives us another tool to be able to have the kids meet another role model.” She continues, “[it is] an example of how motivated they are by each other."
December 8, 2020
Mikey has been a student at Latham Centers for just over a year and a half and has excelled. In this podcast, Mikey discusses what it means to be a good friend and why he’s a good friend. He explains what it was like to first come to campus, “I was pretty happy because I wanted to be in a school with others who have my disability.” Finally, he gives a few words of advice for both kiddos with PWS and their parents, and dives into why he feels supported at Latham Centers, saying, “You’re never alone!”
November 12, 2020
In this PWS University Podcast, listen to Annika, who was one of the first students ever to participate in recording a podcast one year ago. In her second interview, hear her discuss sharks and scary movies, the 2020 Summer program at Latham Centers, the importance of creativity, coping skills that she finds most helpful, and what she wants to be when she grows up.
September 28, 2020
Meet Liam! Liam just graduated from Latham Centers' Children’s Residential Program and is excited about his future. In this PWS University Interview, Patrice Carroll and Katrina Fryklund talk to Liam about his experience at Latham Centers, what he is looking forward to about adulthood, and advice that Liam has for kiddos and parents around the world in our PWS Community.
August 20, 2020
Meet Daniel! Daniel is an awesome kiddo who goes to school at Latham Centers, and also lives with his parents in Maryland during school breaks. In this PWS University Interview, Patrice Carroll and Katrina Fryklund talk to Daniel about being a Campus Tour Guide, one of his many jobs at Latham Centers. In this short 10 minute podcast learn about what Daniel likes about giving tours, what it’s like to have PWS, and a cool fact that we should all remember about kiddos with PWS.
June 26, 2020
In our ninth PWS University we dive into another set of questions sent to Latham Centers from parents who are continuing to adjust to everyday changes due to COVID-19. Patrice and Katrina answer an inquiry from a parent who has no Extended School Year (ESY) opportunities, and is seeking information on how to create a robust and safe program for her child. Patrice suggests ways to incorporate education and take advantage of virtual opportunities while still engaging in fun outdoor activities. Another parent has a child participating in a modified ESY program. Patrice reflects upon different ways to train staff in all programs and the resources available to all parents. Finally, Patrice and Katrina explore how to best include vocation in your child's current routine.