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Snow Day at Latham Centers!

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:00pm
Enjoying the blizzard at Latham!

Principal’s Corner!

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:26am

We are winding down here at the school house with all our Alternative Testing Portfolios! Teachers have been doing a fabulous job over the last few months creating invigorating curriculum to mirror the standards contained in the Alternative Testing. While the administration and teachers could consider ourselves well-rounded in the Massachusetts Alt. Assessment, this year we had the opportunity to better educate ourselves in other states’ alternative assessments! Our teachers attended training in Long Island, New York in October of 2014 to prepare for the NY Alt. Two teachers and I became experts on the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program by reviewing materials sent to use by the school district.
Aidan is currently working on finishing his New York Alt. In science, his classroom has been busy learning about the states of matter and cause/effect relationships in weather. In math he is mastering how to solve for a variable at the end of a linear equation!

Brennan is currently working on finishing his Virginia Alternate Assessment Program! In reading, Brennan is focusing on demonstrating comprehension of both fictional and nonfictional texts. In math, Brennan is demonstrating his knowledge of expressions and operations, as well as equations and inequalities.

Teachers and students have been working very hard and will be submitting their student’s work in the next few months for review. Our students are proud of the work they have completed and look forward to showing off their portfolio!

Great job to our students Aidan and Brennan, and kudos to our amazing teachers, Jeff, Suzanne, Heather, and Alanna!





Kara McDowell
Assistant Principal

TIP of the WEEK: Sensory Tools

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:36am

Many of my weekly column readers write in asking what sensory tools work best with PWS individuals. There is no easy answer because it is specific to each individual's preference. It also depends on what behavior one is trying to decrease. That being said, here are some ideas for sensory tools and activities that have had great results for different needs:

For the person who picks―all tactile tools including stress balls, sand and water tables, silly putty, bubble wrap, chewlery (these are bracelets and necklaces that are designed to be chewed on), strips of material to shred and therabands. All of these also work well for decreasing agitation and increasing focus.

For daytime fatigue―therabands used under feet so the individuals can bounce; scents that are strong such as citrus or patchouli; and all activities that involve bouncing, jumping or climbing.

Reducing agitation―all activities that require using muscles in a positive way such as lifting objects (not too heavy), sucking thick liquid through a straw, stretching, blowing bubbles or jumping.

Preparing for transitions―counting, coloring, tapping or clapping to a rhythm or rocking.

Winding down―calming scents such as lavender or sandalwood, deep breathing, a warm bath or hand soaks.

It is always recommended to consult an occupational therapist before starting a sensory program. After a consult, you can experiment on what works best for your child. A rich array of sensory techniques can ease many of the typical behaviors seen in PWS as you and your child master long-term coping skills.




Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

Lower Cape TV Visits "New Year/New Works" Art Show

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:30am

Latham Art Show from Lower Cape TV on Vimeo.

Lower Cape TV speaks with John Bonanni about the art show, "New Year/New Works" on display now at Brewster Ladies' Library, and a reminder that the art show reception takes place TONIGHT from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m at the Brewster Ladies' Library. 

Please show your support and check it out!

Living and Thriving with PWS

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:26am


Latham Centers is proud and grateful to announce a new monthly blog column by Derek M., a 24 year-old Latham adult resident with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Derek has resided on Cape Cod for over three years in a home managed by Latham Adult Services with fellow residents also diagnosed with PWS.  Read his first column “Living and Thriving with PWS” here:



January, 2015
My life at Latham Centers’ Adult Program


Coming from Rhode Island, I never would have imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to participate in a residential program specifically designed for individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome on Cape Cod. After graduating from high school with a diploma and 3.25 GPA, many people speculated on what my future would hold. I tried college like a “normal” graduate would but found out that it was not the proper environment for me. 
I then moved back home to live with my parents while attending a community college. This started out really well, and I completed three college-level classes, but as the year went on, my temptation around food began to spiral out of control.
I began taking money out of the ATM with my own debit card which resulted in buying extra food at the cafeteria.  Eventually that led to me becoming severely depressed and feeling like an outcast. I ended up going to the hospital quite a few times to handle my behavior. I was then placed in a residential facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities when the hospital visits became too numerous. The problem was that this facility was not qualified to work with individuals with PWS.
Over a span of 2 years of continuous hospital admissions and a near death emergency room visit, I was up for immediate placement into the Latham Centers’ Gilbough program for adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome on Cape Cod. Immediately I began to fit it and in the short span of one year and a half I lost a total of 142 whopping pounds!!  I went from a high of 280lb to settling in at a comfortable 168-lb weight. This was an amazing transformation. 
Today, I now enjoy many activities, such as bowling in Special Olympics, acting and singing with the Latham Players, learning to care for animals and exercising.
So how did I do it, you ask?
It was possible because of my own commitment but also that of a compassionate and caring team of support staff and community inclusion at a job I love!  I hope that you can see that living with Prader-Willi Syndrome is quite the journey…. but more about that in my next post.  



Derek M., Adult resident at Latham Centers 
                               

Latham School "New Year/New Works" Art Show Reception Thursday, Jan. 22nd at Brewster Ladies' Library

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 8:14am
On behalf of Latham School, we cordially invite you to a student art show reception on Thursday, January 22nd from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m at the Brewster Ladies' Library. The show entitled New Year/New Works highlights an eclectic assortment of mixed media art including paintings and hand-painted, decorated furniture from the Latham Works vocational program.

The show continues through the end of the month in the Library's Exhibition Room located at 1822 Main Street/Route 6A in Brewster. Library hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays 10a.m. - 8p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10a.m. - 5p.m.  and Sundays 1-  4p.m.

Please note, the library exhibition room is sometimes in use for a program and not open for viewing, so please call the library at (508) 896-3913 before coming. For more information on the Brewster Ladies' Library visit: brewsterladieslibrary.org.

TIP of the WEEK: Harnessing the Power of Social Stories (a guest post)

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:51am


Our view of the world is a combination of early experiences: successes and failures, memories of trial and error as well as a compilation of how the outside world responds to us and how that makes us feel. For some of us, navigating society is just that: dodging, responding, and then the always tough lessons of “I WON’T DO THAT AGAIN!”.

Many individuals with PWS struggle with cognitive rigidity and cognitive inflexibly, or understanding situations as black and white. For example, I know all the rules, or I do not know any rules, or this situation is really good or this situation is really bad. This kind of thinking can lead to an individual having set ideas about what should happen in a given social situation. Additionally, it can create challenges for an individual to take in and then practice what is learned about how to react during social situations. In all situations we are given tasks or demands to complete to attain a goal. When a task or demand is given and there is a “cognitive mismatch” due to a lagging skill area (such as cognitive flexibility), the result is a behavior.

When an individual with cognitive rigidity has a set idea about a social situation and expectations are not met, it can lead to a socially unacceptable behavior.  Social Stories are useful in avoiding this cognitive mismatch and instrumental in teaching the child what they need to understand in order to attain the goal. Social Stories are effective tools used to help students with PWS understand multistep situations (such as daily schedule, getting on a plane, or morning routines), social situations/social norms and perspectives of others (such as expressing a feeling, saying hello to friends, navigating a triggering event) using a story format. Effective social stories use text and visuals. They are individualized to meet the needs of specific students and situations written from the perspective of the person using them.

Here are tips on using Social Stories effectively:
  • Use Social Stories any time your child will be experiencing a new event/routine or situation outside of his or her typical schedule.
  • Make the Social Story short and concise.
  • Use positive language and refrain from referring to consequences for not following the plan.
Social Stories are used to prepare your child for the unknown or anxiety causing situation. The more they are used the more effective they are.

An example of a social story:







Given their visual nature, Social Stories are a concrete tool that can be used to lower anxiety about any given situation. It is important to always involve the student in the creation of the story by reading and repeating the story and asking the student clarifying questions to ensure they understand.  The active involvement of the student through creation and repetition is instrumental in reinforcing the specific lesson and increasing the individual’s ability to retain and apply knowledge.




 “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
~Benjamin Franklin




Submitted by guest authors and Latham clinicians
Gina Sheehan and Lauren Titus

TIP of the WEEK: Hypothermia

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 8:54am
Hypothermia and Warning Signs
As many of us face record cold this January, I would like to share about hypothermia and its warning signs:   

Hypothermia is a serious medical emergency that occurs when your body cannot produce heat as quickly as it loses heat. Your nervous system and all internal organs are affected when hypothermia sets in. Hypothermia in those with PWS can set in sooner and be more difficult to diagnose. Because of this, it is imperative that winter time precautions are in place.
The following are symptoms of mild hypothermia for all populations:
  • shivering 
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • slight confusion
  • lack of coordination/stumbling
  • confusion
  • faster breathing
  • increased heart rate
  • body temperature below 95 degrees
As one’s body temperature drops, signs and symptoms of moderate to severe hypothermia include:
  • Shivering, although as hypothermia worsens, shivering stops
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech or mumbling
  • Confusion and poor decision-making, such as trying to remove warm clothes
  • Drowsiness or very low energy
  • Lack of concern about one's condition
  • Progressive loss of consciousness
  • Weak pulse
  • Slow, shallow breathing


Someone with hypothermia usually isn't aware of his or her condition because the symptoms often begin gradually. Also, the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness. The confused thinking can also lead to risk-taking behavior.

 In the person with PWS, lack of coordination, weak pulse, shallow breathing and low energy may be baseline, so it is important to tell any medical professional what the person's typical presentation looks like. It may also be difficult for a person with PWS to accurately describe the pain they are feeling.

 Here are some precautions that you may want to take, especially when caring for an individual with PWS:


  • Keep an emergency box in your car including blankets and hand and feet warmers. Many people experience hypothermia and frost bite when cars break down in frigid temperatures.
  • 

If your child runs away often, consider a GPS location bracelet or anklet so they can be found easily. This device has saved lives.


  • Plan ahead for storms and inclement weather so you are able to stay indoors. If you need to leave your home, consider having someone come to your home to watch your child instead of having them leave the house with you. 
It only takes a few minutes of exposure to cause serious damage.

 If you suspect that your child may be suffering from hypothermia call for emergency medical help immediately and if possible, take the person inside, moving them carefully and slowly. Jarring movements can trigger dangerous irregular heartbeats. Carefully remove wet clothing, and cover him or her in layers of blankets while you wait for emergency help to arrive.






Patrice CarrollManager of PWS Services

Strike!

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 8:21am

Finding meaningful work to match the abilities and goals of our students is an exciting part of Latham Works, the campus-based vocational program of Latham School. Fortunately, Latham resides in a very supportive community. Having strong ties to the community brings opportunities that might not be available otherwise. 
This past Monday, Latham student Nick started his first off-campus job working at the Orleans Bowling Center. Working off-campus has been a long-term goal for him. Nick currently holds three part-time jobs on campus which are dining room cleaning, recycling, and floor cleaning with the Fantastic Floor team. Nick says, “I’m proud of myself. I’m working toward independence. This is my last year with Latham and I want to be ready for when I move on.”
With Nick’s progress to an off-campus assignment, we know he will achieve great things on the transitional road to adulthood.





Fred WaltersLatham Works Staff

LATHAM PROFILES: Meghan Pouliot

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:03am


Latham Profiles: Meghan Pouliot
Teacher at Latham Centers



What do you enjoy most about your job?

The best part of my job is when I see the students working together. It makes my day when I see one of my students help another student during a difficult time. All they may offer them are coping skills or just an open ear, and you will see the other student instantly feel better. It’s the best.

Describe a few of your responsibilities and how you spend much of your time.

Some of my responsibilities include creating interactive lessons, managing the classroom, and implementing each students IEP. Most of my time is spent in the classroom working with my students.

What skills are most important for professionals who work with individuals with PWS or other complex special needs?

It is a toss-up between a good sense of humor and patience. When a student is going through a challenging time, it is important to be patient and listen to their needs or concerns. I also find that humor works well in assisting a student back to baseline.   

What are the most important lessons you attempt to teach new staff?

Take in everyone’s perspective. This goes for both my colleagues and students. When working with anyone, it is important to understand the reasoning behind their actions and not to just jump to conclusions. 

What do you love about working with individuals with PWS or other complex special needs?


The compassion and dedication they have is amazing. I am constantly in awe of my students. When I think I have seen the height of their compassion, they do something that leaves me speechless.

Has this job taught you anything about yourself?

I have a voice. Prior to Latham, I mostly kept to myself and was somewhat shy. Latham has forced me to come out of my shell both personally and professionally. While working at Latham you can’t help but to advocate for your students’ needs. Not only have my students brought me out of my shell, but my colleagues are the best support system I could ask for.

How do you spend your time when you’re not working at Latham?


While not at Latham, I spend a lot of my time trying not to think about Latham! When you love what you do, it’s hard to not think about it. But when I am relaxing, going to the beach with a good book is the best. Now that’s its colder, I enjoy surrounding myself with family and friends.

What advice would you give to someone contemplating a career at Latham Centers?

Do it! You will not meet a more dedicated and helpful staff. When I first started at Latham, I was petrified with starting my career. That quickly ended when I realized how united the staff are. They made me feel at home, and when I had a question, they were supportive and ready to help. Not only are the staff great, but the students are out of this world. They are creative, funny, and eager to learn. I could not ask for a better working environment. I’m lucky!


Interested in joining our team? Check out our latest job postings HERE.




Hopes and Happiness for the New Year

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:49am


I spent much of last week talking to our students and adult residents about the new year. We discussed their hopes and dreams for the coming year, and their regrets and achievements of the past year and what they would like to do differently over the next 12 months. I wanted to share some of their comments with you.

"I want to be healthy and happy and all of that but what I really want is a girlfriend." - 16 year old male

"Last year wasn't so great but it was better than the year before that so that's something, right?" - 23 year old female

"I want next year to be just like this year because I'm happy." - 19 year old male

"I want to keep my job and my girlfriend. That's all I want." - 45 year old male

It struck me as I was doing these informal interviews that not one person said that they wanted to move or make any major change in their lives. I heard an overriding theme of happiness and contentment that I am certain I would not have heard if I had interviewed a typical population. Maybe that is their lesson to us: that it's okay to want but in the end be happy with what you have and where you are.

With that I will leave you with perhaps my favorite quote of the year:
"2015 is going to be awesome because I'm awesome so how could it be anything else?"- 15 year old male





Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

Happy 2015 from all of us at Latham Centers!

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:25pm

"Thank you so much for all your help. Without your help, I wouldn't
be able to go and stay at home with my wonderful, loving and very caring family when I graduate. Latham is the best school to go to ever....You have rocked my world and life."

 ~Mike R., Latham School 2014 Graduate


Thank you for your support of our life-saving and enhancing programs in 2014. You truly make a difference in the lives of the children and adults we serve throughout Cape Cod. If you haven't done so already, it's not too late to make a year-end, tax-deductable donation to benefit Latham programs.
Your year-end gift will help Latham individuals to lead meaningful, abundant and more independent lives. Your generosity and ongoing commitment to our mission matters! Click HERE to donate today!



Thank you!


Gerry Desautels
Latham Centers

TIP of the WEEK: Setting Realistic Goals

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 11:41am


As the new year approaches, many of us will be looking at what changes we want to make in our lives and creating plans to hopefully keep those changes in motion past the first few weeks of January. Here are some ideas for setting goals and keeping the momentum going for both yourself and your child:

1. Set realistic goals. Nothing ruins motivation like a goal that is so far reaching that success will not be experienced for some time. Make plans achievable and then keep adding to them. A goal for six months or even one month of appropriate behavior: no skin picking / zero episodes of aggression, may be too daunting for a child who has multiple episodes per week/day. Losing 50 pounds is an overwhelming goal but losing five pounds is more realistic so the goal is to lose five pounds 10 times. Start with something that can be achieved, reward the success, and then slowly add small increases of new expectations.

2. Allow for setbacks. Not achieving a goal does not mean that the goal is unattainable. Look closely at the circumstances, environment, and anything that could have caused the setback. Get right back on track and keep trying.

3. Be skeptical of perfection. If a goal is met 100% every time, then it may not have been the right goal to begin with. We want success, but a goal that can be reached every time without challenge is not teaching your child what it really means to work and  achieve.

Regardless of whether the goal is for you or your child, be sure it is attainable with many layers of opportunities for success.




Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

My Latham Tree

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:04pm
I have a beautiful Christmas tree. It will never be in “House Beautiful” but it is spectacular to me. My grandson was over recently and began examining the tree’s decorations very closely. “Did my Dad make this one?”
"No, not this one." I reply.  
“What about this one?”  
"Nope, not this one either." He turned, looked puzzled and asked, “Why do you have so many ornaments on your tree made by other kids?” And the answer is surprisingly simple…these are made by my “other kids”. Kids not with my DNA, but mine by choice. I explained to him that students where I work (or more accurately, where I used to work) made these ornaments and that they are very special to me. They hang on the tree with those made by his father and his aunt and uncle and they are as precious to me as any in museums or fine department stores. He listens as I explain about Latham and nods his head in understanding as I point out the handcrafted designs and tell him a little bit about the artist. Some of these designs are older than he is but I personally feel like it was just yesterday that I picked up these beautiful pieces of art from the Latham craft fairs of years gone by. I treasure each and every one and plan on hanging them up every year on my tree, wherever it may be.


I wish all of you a very  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




Submitted by:
Chris Gallant

Putting Yourself First

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 8:31am

On airline flights when the stewardesses give you directions on how to use an oxygen mask, they explicitly state that you must always put your mask on before helping anyone else with theirs. The reason for this is clear. If you don’t take care of your basic needs– in this case, breathing–then you will be unable to care for anyone else. This advice holds true in all areas of life: Take care of yourself first or else you will be useless to others.
Over the last month, we have been focusing on providing Generosity to others. For the final week of this month, we will focus on thanking ourselves. The Holidays can be anything but joyful unless we are mindful. Many of you may find yourselves very thin, whether financially, emotionally, and/or physically, as you are pulled in a thousand different directions; it is easy to lose yourself in the process. Stop right now, take a breath and reflect on how much good you are bringing into the world.  
Challenge: Reflect on the positive impact you have on those around you and feel thanks for who you are. Experience your own “It’s a Wonderful Life” scenario and realize how much grayer this world would be without the light you bring to it. Take a few minutes and re-connect with what is important in your life and realize that you are on the right path. Stop feeling bad, stressed, and overwhelmed by what you don’t have and feel grateful for everything you already have. It’s okay to stop and just enjoy small things. Say “thank you” to yourself for striving to make a meaningful life. Continue to mull this over until the New Year and pay attention to what comes up.
Thanks to all members of the greater Latham community. Whether you are a parent, a staff member or a community supporter, it is nice to have you involved with us. Chances are that in your life, you do not receive nearly enough thanks for all that you do. Understand that your work is important and life changing to those around you. Latham has much to be grateful for and we are glad to have you all involved. 




Tim VaughanDirector of Leadership and Growth

Santa Arrives on Campus for Latham's Annual Holiday Party

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 8:35am

On Thursday, December 18th Santa and five elves came to the Latham School Campus to shower each and every student with a well-thought-out gift. The holidays are a special time at Latham Centers when students and staff celebrate the season of giving and show appreciation for one another.
The party started with a performance by the Latham Bell Ringers led by Humanities Instructor, Suzanne Johnson. Next, Latham singers and dancers glided across the stage singing a variety of Christmas classics like Jingle Bell Rock. When Santa finally walked into the room there were cheers of excitement. Individual gifts were distributed one-by-one, each carefully selected based on each student’s wish list. Hugs were received, smiles were given and holiday cheer was felt from corner to corner.
This day marks for many the last to celebrate with peers the holidays prior to heading home to families. For others, in which Latham Centers is their only home, this marks the first of many traditions on campus.
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday on behalf of all the students, adult residents, and staff at Latham Centers.



Katrina Fryklund, MSCDevelopment Associate

Expanding our Community: Values in Action

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:41pm
As we are coming to the end of the month, Latham employees are being encouraged to return to the Circle of Courage tenet of “Generosity” and what it means to them. Over the course of the next seven days, we have been asked to think of one person who has influenced and/or benefitted our lives and impacted us. We will then put those thoughts into words and use the A TIPS model to communicate the sentiments directly to the person we benefit from.

The A TIPS model is a simple way for us to make sure we are heard by others with all types of feedback. Anyone can do this at any time, whether at the work place or in our personal life.You need just a few minutes of quiet privacy to ensure that your words can be heard. Strive to make eye contact and use open body language so this message is pulled out of the day to day chatter. It is important that these words are heard. Once you know what to say, this is how to say it:

A:  Ask for permission. (Do you have a minute to talk?)

T:  Tell the person what you observed. (Yesterday you made it a point to help me with. . .)

I:   Impact.  Describe how this affected you. (Your support made my day immediately better and my life easier.)

P:   Pause.  Stop talking to see if they have a response and to also allow your words to be heard and processed.

S:   Suggest. If the feedback doesn’t require change, then reinforce your thanks. (I value you and want to help you in any way I can. You are important in my life.)

If people in the Latham community were able to do this with one person in their work life, our community would be transformed leading into the holiday week. Please stop and remember how many people support you on a daily or weekly basis. It is in all of our best interests to start recognizing the good that is around us with gratitude and mindfulness.


Happy Holidays and Happy 2015!




Tim Vaughan, MAT
Latham Centers
Director of Leadership and Growth

TIP of the WEEK: The Christmas Countdown

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:00am


For any parent, this week is stressful. For the parent of a child with PWS, it can be next to impossible without the right supports in place. Here are some tips to survive the holidays:

1. Take time for yourself. You will not be any use to anyone if you don't take care of our own needs. Eat right, sleep enough and slow down in general.

2. Allow for imperfection. Give yourself permission to make mistakes, to downgrade your plans and to delegate responsibilities.

3. It's okay to let people down. If you accepted plans to attend a party and things have not gone as planned, or at the last minute the thought of going is about as appealing as a root canal, don't go. It really is a simple as it sounds.

4. Keep it simple. You may typically celebrate the holidays with a large extended family but if that will cause your child (and in turn, you) high amounts of anxiety, then plan for a small celebration at home with immediate family members.

While your idea of a perfect holiday celebration may involve lots of gatherings, food, and family, your reality may be very different. If you can learn to accept your new reality, then you are on the way to making new, beautiful traditions that may be different but still joyous and full of love.

Happy Holidays to you and your family. You are perfect just the way you are!



Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

A CHANGE OF VIEW

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:51am

Last week I had my second cornea transplant in 17 years – a matching operation now for each eye.
The donor tissue was from a 10 year-old child.  I am 49.

With age and retrospect, I was able to step back this time around and equate the experience with Latham and identify with our individuals with “complex special needs”:


    -For our residents with Prader-Willi Syndrome, their condition cannot be reversed while my sight can be improved over time if all goes well.
        -Their condition is genetic, mine is not.

        -Time does not “heal all wounds” for some of our individuals. Time can heal mine.
            -Our families often have to fight for their children to be placed at Latham. I merely had to wait five months to see my world-renowned physician and pursue an operation covered by insurance.
                -Our kids get up every day and face the day, sometimes when they don’t feel their best. I get sick time and medication to ease the pain.

                  And what do we have in common?
                    -Our residents and I are surrounded by qualified professionals who are skilled, caring and compassionate.
                        -We all are allowed to heal at our own pace, and are expected to have good days and bad days while being supported unconditionally along the journey.
                            -We worry. We laugh. We celebrate the good, and we learn from the bad.
                                -We are alive and facing life’s challenges one day at a time.
                                    -We have hope for a brighter future.

                                      And in the process, we develop a Changed View and a Fuller more Empathetic Life.


                                      Happy Holidays to All During this Season of Gratitude,
                                      Gerry Desautels
                                      Latham Centers VP of Development & Community Outreach

                                      Latham Says a Bittersweet Goodbye to Graduating Resident Student

                                      Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:30am

                                      Latham said a bittersweet goodbye to resident student Ryan M. this week. Ryan proudly graduated Latham School with his high school diploma and a certificate of completion on Tuesday.  During his three and a half years at Latham, the gregarious Ryan was a large part of the Latham/Cape Cod community participating in a number of activities.

                                      Tall and lean in stature, Ryan was adept at sports and Special Olympics Games; he is also the first Latham student to run and complete the Falmouth Road Race—two years in a row!  He also devoted time as a member of student council, and was even a tutor to his younger peers.

                                      On his graduation day, Ryan provided some very wise words to his peers by telling them “to always be strong, and to never give up.”

                                      Latham would also like to send a big thank you to the Harwich Quilt Bank for providing another Latham graduate with a memorable custom-designed quilt! The volunteer group has done so for years and the student quilt presentation is one of many highlights of graduation for our students.

                                      Congratulations Ryan! Latham is lucky to have seen you grow into the mature, young man that you are today. We wish you well in your transition to adulthood.





                                      Meghan Pouliot
                                      Latham School Teacher

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