Category: Awareness

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week Would you be where you are today, without the teachers in your life who encouraged, inspired and believed in you?  I know I would not be.  I considered being a teacher – who does not love the idea of getting out of work by three every day and having summers off? What...

Sleep Disturbances in Prader-Willi Syndrome

Sleep health is essential for everyone; it is just as important to take care of ourselves as parents and caregivers as it is for those living with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). We understand that disordered sleep has implications for cognitive outcomes, mental and physical health, and work and school performance. Sleep disturbances can occur from many...

Leading PWSA | USA; Our Executive Directors

The leadership in an organization is one of the most important elements to achieving long-lasting success.   It is important for this individual to be passionate, knowledgeable and organized.  They must be a team builder as well as build and maintain alliances.  They must be vigilant in making sure there are the proper resources to maintain...

Holidays and Siblings

The holidays, usually filled with excitement and family connection, often mean something completely different for families with a member with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Exorbitant amounts of food, continual interruptions to the normal schedule, and extended social interactions add stress for the individual with PWS and the entire family. Siblings of individuals with PWS are already...

Holidays and PWS Food Security

Food Security: Planning for the Holidays, Family Gatherings and Parties Holidays, family gatherings, parties and FOOD go hand in hand. With thoughtful planning and proactive preparation, these events can be successful, healthy experiences for everyone. It’s important that everyone is prepared and knows the game plan. Without a plan, the person with PWS may experience...

Halloween Fun for Everyone!

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 answer...

Virtual Learning Tips for Parents

Students have been participating in virtual learning for months now, and families and educators are themselves learning what works and what does not. Parents, especially parents of students receiving special education supports, are taking on more responsibility for their child’s learning than ever before.  However, the (public) school district is still responsible to provide a...

Mental Health Awareness in Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome: Finding and Educating a Mental Health Professional (Part Two in a Series)

Finding a mental health professional who has experience working with individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome can be challenging.  The following are some suggestions to help you with your search: Talk to your primary care provider. She or he might be able to recommend one or more clinicians who are familiar with PWS. Call your state or...

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