Tip of the Week: Keeping busy inside

Looking for some indoor activities that don’t include a television or tablet? On these days of winter when it’s not as easy to go outside, here are some ideas for indoor activities that will keep your child engaged.

  1. Teach them to draw! There are many videos that will teach you step-by-step how to draw your child’s favorite animal or cartoon character. Watch one of them on your own, then teach your child how to draw it. This is a great way to practice fine motor skills and learn to follow directions. Latham’s Admissions team also offers a weekly drawing class for children with Prader-Willi syndrome.

  2. Donation day! People with PWS are inherently helpful and caring. One way to declutter items in your home (and in their rooms) is to make a plan to donate items to those less fortunate. This will teach your child not only to be giving, but will also help with their tendencies to collect and keep more items than they need.

  3. Have a scavenger hunt! Indoor scavenger hunts using clues and riddles can keep your child busy for a whole afternoon, giving you the time you need to catch up on your own to-do list.

  4. Screen time can be used for learning and social skills building as well. Latham also offers social hours and weekly story time/social time over Zoom. Contact us for more information!

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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