Tip of the week: Seasons changing

September 20, 2019

As the season begins to change, it can be a difficult time for children and adults with Prader-Willi syndrome when it comes to wearing the proper clothing. A combination of temperature dysregulation, sensory processing disorder, and an overall change to their morning routine that includes picking out different clothing can be extremely challenging. Try to encourage dressing in layers and slowly introducing longer sleeves and longer pants. Remember that the additional clothing can be extremely difficult for people with sensory issues because of the new fabric and sometimes just the weight of the clothing itself. Take small steps to introduce new clothing that is appropriate for the weather so that by the time the cold weather comes, they will already be dressing in long pants and long shirts.

 

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.