Tip of the Week: Summer safety

Summer heat is a great time to enjoy fun by the water, but some caution is necessary to keep kids and adults with Prader-Willi syndrome safe. Remember that people with PWS have low muscle tone, and swimming uses almost all of our muscles. Swimming is a great exercise, but be mindful that people with PWS fatigue easily. Promote swimming in a supervised setting with frequent breaks. Be sure to hydrate and use sunscreen, and as always, watch for changes in mood to determine how the person is feeling.


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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