Tip of the Week: Wearing a mask

Getting your kids used to the new normal can have a lot of challenges. We hear from families regularly about tips for helping their children comply with the mask mandates for in-person learning. Here are some things that can help:

  1. Let your child pick out their own mask. Having a mask with their favorite sports team, super hero or Disney character can go a long way in getting buy in from them.

  2. Ask for mask breaks at school. Many kids with Prader-Willi syndrome also have sensory processing disorder and may feel uncomfortable with cloth on their face. Ask their teacher if mask breaks can be incorporated into their day.

  3. Reduce the times that they touch their face, mask or no mask, by using incentives for safe hands throughout the day.

However you chose to address this, be sure to use positive talk regarding why we need to wear masks so that your child understands that we are trying to keep everyone safe.


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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