LivingHealthy Podcast by Latham Centers

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?’