Tip of the Week: IEP Components – Staff Support

January 31, 2020

Parents have asked for suggestions about information to be included on an IEP created for a child with Prader-Willi syndrome. Previous tips have outlined Food Safety and Clinical and Behavioral components; below is a list of Staff Support suggestions to include in the IEP.

Staff Support

  • Must always be within “eyeshot” and/or “earshot” of staff

  • Constant close monitoring during all parts of the school day, including lunch, recess, and all transitions

  • Support in navigating difficult peer interactions

  • Support from staff before entering the community

  • Small group setting

  • Frequent checks for understanding

  • Frequent physical movement breaks

  • Redirect back to topic if student wants to talk about food

  • Support to ensure safety and personal hygiene, assist with problem-solving

  • Strong weight/health management program with direct supervision

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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