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.”
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!
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."
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ninth LivingHealthy Podcast targets specific questions from families around the country with a child in their life diagnosed with PWS. Patrice and Katrina tackle the following questions, and invite you give suggestions, or ask questions of your own at LivingHealthyPodcast@lathamcenters.org.
- Trying to get my child to exercise is near impossible, what are some non-food incentives that have worked for you?
- Most of the time, around others my child is so kind and sweet, while around me his worst behaviors ALWAYS come out. What can I do differently?
- I’m a single parent who is primary caretaker of my child, but it feels like I have no support, especially right now. What resources are available that I’m missing?
- Due to today’s circumstances, we’ve been spending a lot of time at home….being at home so much means more requests for food and snacks. Please help! What can I do to help curb this when our entire routine has been turned upside down?
During our seventh PWS University Podcast, Patrice Carroll and Katrina Fryklund explore elementary, middle, and high school PWS Consultations based on their recent experiences. In 2019 Carroll and Fryklund noticed an increase in consultation requests; in this podcast they explain the differences in consultations between age groups, and the consultants’ communication with school personnel and families. Carroll explains, “[when a child is in elementary school we’re] typically working with schools to develop a tighter routine, a more predictable day, [and] a more secure environment, to then the middle school years, [when] we’re doing a lot of consultation around managing behaviors, and that continues and usually increases in the high school years.” Fryklund and Patrice also touch on the importance of transitions to adulthood during the high school years, and preparation for upcoming life-changes. Lastly, the two discuss the models for consultation and how each varies according to the individual’s needs.