PWS Awareness Month Week 2 Mini Blog – Behavioral Outbursts

Many individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome face emotional and behavioral challenges that present as outbursts. However, whether it’s caused by a change in routine or the presence (or absence) of food outbursts can be managed. For example, maintaining food security and adhering to a set schedule for snacks and meals will decrease food-related anxiety, and providing […]

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Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month

By Stacy Ward  May is National PWS Awareness Month! PWS Awareness Month came to be thanks to the efforts of Amy Porter and Prader-Willi California Foundation members, Tom and Renay Compere, who brought the syndrome and the needs of the PWS community to the attention of Republican Congressman Ed Royce and Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman. The […]

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PWS Awareness Month: Week 1

Not on social media?  No problem!  PWSA (USA)’s daily PWS Awareness Month posts are available right here for you to access anytime.   Day 1 May is Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month! Republican Congressman Ed Royce and Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman co-sponsored the original House Resolution thanks to efforts by Amy Porter (Aunt to Colorado’s young […]

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By: Stacy Ward, Director of Family/Medical Support & Special Projects   Parents and families of loved ones diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome have an array of concerns as their children move through life. By far one of their greatest struggles and worries is adequate nutrition and healthy living. PWSA (USA)’s Family and Medical Support counselors receive […]

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Easter Fun

By: Kim Tula, Family Support Counselor For many, Easter is a fun and joy-filled holiday, but for individuals with PWS and their families and caregivers, it can also be full of worry. The anticipation of large family dinners, Easter Egg hunts, and candy-filled baskets left by the Easter Bunny can result in increased anxiety and […]

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Receiving the Diagnosis

by Amanda Yanik The first and only person that mentioned Prader-Willi syndrome to us while our daughter Saoirse was in the NICU was the incomparable geneticist, Chin-To Fong, M.D.. I have a vague recollection of him coming in on a Friday night after the first week of our NICU stay. He mentioned a previous patient of […]

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PWSA (USA) Launches New Corporate Partners Program

PWSA (USA) welcomes its first official Corporate Partner; Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc, at the PWSA (USA) Board of Directors meeting on September 14th.   A premier residential facility located in Dousman, Wisconsin, Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc has been supporting individuals with PWS and their families for over 35 years. PWSA (USA) works with Corporate Partners to […]

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On September 8, 2018, PWSA (USA) help a parent mentor workshop at the Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. PWSA (USA) Parent Mentor Director, Diane Seeley, created the innovative workshop to educate parent mentors about a variety of topics, including current trends in dietary management, advantages and safety of various […]

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