Tip of the Week: Back-to-school prep

Typically at this time of year, we would be starting to prepare our kids for the beginning of the school year. With so many unknowns, preparing is difficult, but there are still some things that we can do to get students ready for the start of school, whatever that may look like.

  • Start easing into the school year sleep/wake schedule. Regardless of where your child will go to school, either home or in their school building, it is still important to get them ready for early mornings and a structured and routine evening.

  • Set your expectations just as you would if they were spending their day with their teachers. It is likely that there will be some time in a physical school setting and the rules should be set well in advance regarding expectations. Kids have been home for so long that it will be difficult for them to adapt to out-of-the-house rules; make them clear early on.

  • Stay positive about the changes. Your children are looking to you to set the mood. If you present the new normal as a good thing, they will follow your lead.

“Back-to-school” for Latham’s residential program may look quite different from last year. But our staff have been ensuring that routines and schedules are in place every day. Keeping kids engaged and positive goes a long way in creating a safe and successful environment.  As we all get used to not knowing what September will bring, always know that we are here for you if you need some tips on anything PWS-related. We are only a phone call or email away.


Patrice Carroll, Latham Centers’ Director of PWS Services, is world-renowned for her Prader-Willi syndrome expertise. She works with Latham students and residents, their families, and other experts, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. If you have PWS-related questions, we invite you to email TipTopics@LathamCenters.org.

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