Category: Awareness

September Is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

What is newborn screening? Newborn screening is one of the most successful public health programs ever enacted, saving thousands of lives over the past 50 years. Newborn screening allows physicians to catch rare genetic conditions at birth and start treatment almost immediately following birth; it enables efficient diagnosis and access to treatments that can save...

National Childhood Obesity Week

With childhood obesity presenting a significant threat to child health, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recognizing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month during the month of September. Early recognition and treatment of obesity has advantages. As we know in the PWS community, it is a daily struggle for most of our families. The AAP...

Siblings and Communication

Communication is key in any family and is especially important in a family impacted by Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). Experts believe that open, clear, and frequent communication is necessary for healthy family functioning (Green & Peterson, 2019). Research shows that most parents have sparse conversations with their children about what it is like to grow up...

Siblings and Food

Food restrictions in the home, although necessary for the safety and health of the family member with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), can negatively impact siblings. The constant need to lock food adds intense stress and worry to siblings on several levels. For example, if the sibling forgets to lock access to food, this could result in...

Give Them Your Time: Spend Time with Siblings to Improve Their Well-Being

Many siblings of individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) have weakened resilience which negatively impacts their psychosocial well-being. The daily turmoil and trauma of living with a family member with PWS depletes sibling internal resources. These siblings then face their own challenges with weakened resilience and strength. You as parents and the professionals in the siblings’...

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