LivingHealthy Podcast by Latham Centers
PWS University 6: Sensory Processing and Executive Functioning Disorders

PWS University 6: Sensory Processing and Executive Functioning Disorders

February 11, 2020

In Latham’s PWS University Podcast #6, Patrice Carroll (Director of PWS Services, Latham Centers) and Katrina Fryklund (Director of National Outreach, Latham Centers) discuss Executive Functioning Disorder (EFD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They suggest that for someone with PWS and Executive Functioning Disorder, it may be most beneficial to break tasks down step-by-step. For someone with Sensory Processing Disorder, high-stimulus environments with bright lights and loud noises may make it difficult to focus on the task at hand. In the podcast, Patrice and Katrina explore the relationship between Prader-Willi syndrome and EFD/SPD, and touch upon the difference between genetics, environment, and behaviors. Additionally, they investigate helpful tools for someone with EFD and SPD, ranging from an individualized Sensory Toolbox to Wiping Wands. Ultimately, Patrice explains, “It’s important not to assume that something is behavioral or non-compliance,” rather ask yourself, ‘How can I best control the environment to help the person in my life with EFD and SPD?’

PWS University 5: Holiday Activities for School Vacation

PWS University 5: Holiday Activities for School Vacation

December 20, 2019

In this week’s PWS University, Latham Centers’ Katrina Fryklund, Director of National Outreach, and Dominic Monick, Residential Supervisor, lead up to the holiday week of festivities with a discussion of activity ideas. Dominic has worked with students with PWS, ages eight to 22 for seven years. During this podcast he discusses with Katrina his favorite fitness, arts and crafts, and philanthropy geared activities that work best for our students. He describes exercises that excite the kids at Latham Centers that could be augmented to your house, or your holiday party. He also explores the topic of crafts and how to manage long-term projects over multiple days. Katrina and Dominic conclude the podcast with a discussion of the underlying themes of all activities: buy-in and an understanding who you are serving, the time and capacity of the activity and environment, and creativity and imagination.

PWS University Episode 4: Preparing for the Winter Holidays

PWS University Episode 4: Preparing for the Winter Holidays

November 15, 2019

In this episode, Patrice Carroll and Katrina Fryklund cover the challenges of the winter holiday season in our world of PWS. The holidays can be a very difficult as it presents as an ultimate trifecta: heightened anxiety due to changes in routine, food focused events, and increased travel.

We cover topics ranging from suggestions for traveling by both air and land, to how to develop a strong support system during events. We also discuss the importance of social stories and sticking to a routine, as well as self-care and exit strategies. Other topics include preparing for restaurant outings, successful family "trainings", and the importance of safety.

For someone with PWS, looking forward to something good can be just an anxiety provoking as dreading something in the future. Keep this in mind as you prepare for the holiday season and understand that anxiety may be higher in general despite all the good feelings that come with festivities. 

PWS University Episode 3: Maintaining Optimism

PWS University Episode 3: Maintaining Optimism

November 12, 2019

In this episode we discuss the importance of a positive attitude in the world of PWS. Patrice Carroll and Katrina Fryklund discuss examples used in program at Latham Centers and the significance of Positive Behavioral Supports when working with somebody who is diagnosed with PWS.

Patrice and Katrina also highlight POSITIVE EXPOSURE, an organization focused on creating a positive environment in the special needs community through photography, "POSITIVE EXPOSURE, founded in 1998, utilizes the arts, film and narratives to present the humanity and dignity of individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral and intellectual differences. POSITIVE EXPOSURE celebrates the beauty of human diversity, inclusive of ethnicity, religion, age, ability, learning style, gender expression and sexual orientation" (https://positiveexposure.org/).  

"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results" -Wade Boggs

PWS University Episode 2: Meet Annika, Student at Latham Centers

PWS University Episode 2: Meet Annika, Student at Latham Centers

October 8, 2019

In our second PWS University Podcast we introduce you to Annika. She has been a student at Latham Centers for three years who is incredibly proud and observant of her own growth. She describes what it means to stay safe, and continues by describing what healthy means to her. Annika also gives advice for children with PWS and parents who have a child in their life with PWS. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of our students at Latham Centers!

Introduction: LivingHealthy Podcast by Latham Centers

Introduction: LivingHealthy Podcast by Latham Centers

September 30, 2019

Patrice Carroll, Director of PWS Services, Latham Centers, and Katrina Fryklund, Director of National Outreach, Latham Centers, discuss the ins and outs of the upcoming podcast by Latham Centers, entitled LivingHealthy. In this podcast series Patrice and Katrina will explore Prader-Willi Syndrome and the forever changing special needs landscape, which will include information helpful to all parents with children who have special needs. Patrice discussed the world of PWS and says, "the purpose of the podcast and what we want everyone to take from this is that people living with PWS can live full, quality lives. Much of the information that you see online is either outdated, misinformed, or generally negative, and that is absolutely not the reality of life with PWS in the majority of cases."

PWS University Episode 1: Meet Jake, Student at Latham Centers

PWS University Episode 1: Meet Jake, Student at Latham Centers

September 27, 2019

August 16, 2019

I am proud to introduce Jake, a student at Latham Centers. In this first PWS University episode, you hear Jake discussing his talents, friendships with peers, and how it feels to have Prader-Willi syndrome. Jake truly represents the pride and happiness that grows with support of family and staff. Jake clearly discusses the challenges of living with PWS, but when you hear his interview, you see that the positives in his life far exceed the challenges. At Latham Centers, we see this every single day. Not only is it possible to live a full, quality life with PWS, it is happening every single day. When I asked Jake why he wants to be a police officer, he answered that they are always helping people and always there to support people who need help. Listen to my conversation with Jake here:

-Patrice Carroll, Director of Prader-Willi Syndrome Services, Latham Centers