Tip of the week: Bullying
We would like to believe that the world our children live in is more inclusive and compassionate than in years past, but the fact is, kids with PWS are much more likely to be bullied than their typical peers. Here are some things that you can do if you know or suspect that your child is being bullied in school:
1. Don’t ignore it. Bullying can have serious, long-lasting effects on your child. Bring your concerns to the school administrator and ask for an action plan.
2. Educate. Ask if you and your child can spend some time in your child’s classroom teaching them about Prader-Willi syndrome. If the other children understand more about the syndrome, they will be more likely to show kindness.
3. Organize. Encourage the classroom to be champions of a cause and organize a walk or fundraiser. This will help your child’s peers become more supportive and welcoming.
4. Advocate. Don’t stop until you feel like your child has the safe and inclusive classroom that he or she deserves.
Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi syndrome specialist. She works with Latham’s residents with PWS, their families, and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. Do you have questions for our PWS specialist? Submit your “tip” topics or general questions to TipTopics@LathamCenters.org.