Prader-Willi Special Education for Massachusetts, New York, and Beyond
PWS is a complex genetic disorder that manifests with severe, idiosyncratic symptoms, including an insatiable appetite, the health implications of which can be serious. Inattention to the special treatments required by those with PWS could be life-threatening. Special education may also be necessary because of developmental challenges. Whether you live in Massachusetts, New York, or elsewhere, our residential program could be the most effective educational program for your loved one, addressing developmental challenges in a safe, healthy environment.
This syndrome involving abnormalities of chromosome 15 occurs approximately 1 in 18,000 births and is found in all races and ethnic groups. In some cases, PWS can also be brought on by head trauma. Among the more serious symptoms are mild to moderate developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral problems, obsessive-compulsive behaviors such as skin picking, and slow body metabolism, which can lead to obesity and related health problems.
Expertise in Treatment and Care
Latham Centers consults with the world renowned Pittsburgh Partnership on the most difficult and challenging PWS cases. The Partnership consultants are Dr. Janice L. Forster, Development Neuropsychiatrist, and Dr. Linda M. Gourash, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. The team at Latham Centers is able to engage these two highly trained and specialized doctors on all aspects of the syndrome—including program initiatives, program review, and clinical and medical consultations—for the children and adults we serve. For more information about the Latham Centers' approach, read the Top Ten Reasons we excel in PWS residential placement.
To learn about PWS Care, read our Tips of the Week posted by Patrice Carroll, Latham Centers’ PWS Specialist. As part of our innovative and comprehensive approach to PWS treatment, we also offer Donkey Therapy, Lifelong Pet Care, Latham Works, and other programs that help our residents enjoy life to the fullest and grow through experiences and interactions. For more information, we recommend these sites:
- National Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)
- Prader-Willi Syndrome State Chapters and Affiliated Organizations
- Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of New England
- Foundation for Prader-Willi Research
- International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization
For Prader-Willi special education, the Latham Centers staff develops the right approach for each person. Follow our blog, or give us a call to learn more.
Our quarterly LivingHealthy with PWS newsletter is now available online!
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