The Worries of Winter: A Compilation of PWS Tips by Patrice Carroll

January 6, 2016

-6During snow storms on Latham Campus many students venture out of their dorms to help the Maintenance Team with light shoveling!

Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi Syndrome specialist. She works with Latham Centers’ residents with PWS, their families and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. Every week we are fortunate enough to learn a PWS Tip from Patrice. Below is a compilation of PWS Tips specific to this chilly season!
1. Allow a person with PWS to create their own goals and resolutions. Success is more likely!
2. Get back into a routine as soon as possible. Holidays bring anxiety for a number of reasons. Being off of a routine is extremely difficult for a person with PWS.
3. Use lotion frequently during the winter months. Dry skin can crack and itch and lead to picking.
4. Limit outdoor exposure during very cold weather. People with PWS have a higher risk of hypothermia. Know the signs!
5. Be sure not to skip exercise just because you need to stay indoors. Use exercise videos, gaming systems or have a dance party!
6. Have a secret stash of games and crafts for days that you might be snowed in or without power.
7. Fish, fish oil, cheese and egg yolks are great sources of Vitamin D for those months when exposure to the sun is diminished.    *Always check with your child’s doctors before starting any supplements.

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