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Meet Our Hope Hero: Lauren

She’s 39 now, my Lauren, and tonight is the big Night to Shine Dance (sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation).  We’ve been doing all the things that girls do when you prepare for prom or a formal dance.  Fittings, alterations, accessories, hair and make-up.  She’s as excited about this as she was about the...

Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders in Young Adults With Prader-Willi Syndrome: A Placebo-Controlled, Crossover GH Trial

Sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) are common in people with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). Young adults with PWS benefit from GH continuation after attaining adult height by maintaining the improved body composition obtained during childhood. There are, no studies about the effects of GH on SRBD in young adults with PWS who were treated with GH during childhood. The...

Halloween Fun

Children, and many adults, look forward to Halloween with great anticipation…Bags full of sugary treats, scary decorations, and the thrill of trick or treating with friends and family…What could be more fun? But, what do you do for Halloween when your loved one has Prader-Willi syndrome? Can they safely participate in the festivities? The...

National Direct Support Professional Week

Direct support professional (DSP) is an umbrella term that includes many different titles and functions; for example: direct care, direct support worker/specialist/assistant/counselor, habilitation specialist, residential counselor, activities of daily living specialist, relief staff, apartment worker, developmental disabilities specialist, job coach, employment specialist, community bridge-builder, paid friend/neighbor, family care provider, family support services aide, community...

Recruitment: Acceptance and commitment training (ACT) for fathers of adolescents with PWS, a pilot study funded by the Foundation for Prader Willi Research

Fathers who have an adolescent with PWS age 13-18 are invited to participate in a 4-session, online, small group training exercise to reduce father’s perception of stress, improve parenting satisfaction and increase family involvement. Participants must reside at home with their adolescent and the adolescent’s mother, have a personal computer with a camera, microphone and...

Summer Fun

Whether it’s 90 degrees and humid or 70 degrees and cloudy, summer is just around the corner. That means it’s time to prepare and plan your summer fun! For individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome, summer fun must include plans for heat precaution as they often have difficulty regulating body temperature and can overheat easily. Here are...

Bringing Hope: A Mother’s Perspective

By Kristi Rickenbach, mother to Justice age 15 with PWS, board member, PWSA (USA)   “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller   There are things that happen in our lives that we have no control over- things we wish we could...

A Grandparent’s Perspective

Our precious grandson Joshua was born six weeks early on December 27, 2017. He weighed just 4 lbs. 6 oz. and was 16.5 in. long. Joshua’s mom, our daughter, Kelly, was hospitalized for premature labor, but when Joshy was born a month later something wasn’t right. He was floppy, had a very weak cry,...

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