Over fifteen Latham Centers staff from our Children’s and Adult Programs attended the Prader-Willi Alliance of New York Conference last week. Staff from our vocational, nursing, residential, educational, and admissions departments heard presentations from PWS professionals from around the country.
Session Topics and Latham Presenters
The session topics at the May 20-21 Prader-Willi syndrome conference in Binghamton ranged from Endocrine Transition from Childhood to Adulthood by Dr. Moris Angulo and Clinical Research by Dr. Jorge Mejia Corletto to Early Intervention/School Age Transition by Amy McDougall and Care Coordination by Anne Seepersaud.
Latham Centers’ Brittni Kliment (Director of Program Marketing and Admissions), Patrice Carroll (Director of PWS Services), and Katrina Kozak (Director of National Outreach) presented together on Virtual Communities, Technology, and Social Media. Specifically, they led the attendees through a drawing like they would with students in their Tuesday Virtual Drawing class. They also discussed the growing community and friendships resulting from Latham’s PWS Social Hours for ages 22+ and Under 22.
Brittni presented with Dr. BJ Goff on Fostering Independence. The workshop explored areas in which students with PWS can achieve true independence, areas in which goals should require independence, and areas where mutual reliance can be achieved.
Patrice also presented with Dr. Goff on Sex, Sexuality, and Relationships. The workshop highlighted appropriate social opportunities available for individuals diagnosed with PWS and how to approach conversations.
Finally, Katrina presented with Rachel Johnson on Nutrition and Wellness. The session included a discussion of nutritional theories, healthy lifestyles for the entire family, and wellness at Latham Centers.
Don’t miss the slideshow – and stay tuned throughout the next few weeks as we share highlights on those who attended the conference and their “takeaways.”