Latham Gives and Receives: The Magic of Generosity and Belonging

“For it is in giving that we receive.” 
~St. Francis of Assisi

It can be easy to miss the good when we spend so much time focusing on how to fix what we perceive as the problems with individuals with PWS. The truth is, there is more amazing, breathtaking and to put it simply, good than bad. We see this everyday in every child but often dismiss it or don’t acknowledge it because we get caught up in wanting to change the other stuff, the unmentionable and sometimes embarrassing things that our kids do. To see the whole child, the beauty in the child, we must start to focus and highlight the positives because frankly the positives far outweigh the negatives. A true holistic approach requires us to know every aspect of the child’s personality, strengths and challenges.

An example of the kindness and generosity that our kids have brought to light was last week when one of our students opted to not receive presents on his birthday but instead asked for his family and friends to donate to a local charity in his name. This charity gives children without resources the opportunity to experience Cape Cod and all of the amazing opportunities that we have here. Children who would not be able to attend therapeutic horse back riding, go on fishing trips, experience whale watches or ride their own bike for the first time. When Ben first heard that there were children who could not do these things he asked me what he could do to change that. That question was from his heart with no ulterior motive, no agenda other than him feeling a deep compassion and a call to help. This is who our kids are. They are not problematic and dysfunctional but they do require a different environment, a different style in order to blossom and grow to be caring and productive members of our community.

Submitted by Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services
Latham Centers

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