Tip of the Week: Food Safety

We’ve been asked for suggestions about what should be included on an IEP created for a child with Prader-Willi syndrome. In this first of a 3-part tip series, we’re sharing important Food Safety components we recommend for the IEP.   

Information to include on your child’s IEP: Food Safety

  • Food free environment: no food on-site, no food as manipulatives or rewards. Advanced planning for holidays and special occasions.

  • Student requires a food-secured environment with close monitoring and supervision throughout the entirety of his/her day.

  • Food arrives to student pre-measured at all meals during the school day.

  • Provide information and promote an efficient transition and Food Safety Plan regarding: access to food, food aroma, guided menu selection based on calorie count.

  • Specific limit of calories per day at school, to ensure student is not going over daily caloric intake.

  • Staff training that includes Food Security, PWS.

  • Provided with monitored food security while in vocational placements.

  • Staff should not be eating highly preferred foods in front of students.

  • Staff should not carry or have coffee/drinks on their desks or any academic/educational areas of student’s education.

In the next Tip of the Week, we’ll provide clinical and behavioral recommendations for the Individualized Education Program.


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.

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