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Why You Should Hire Someone with Prader-Willi Syndrome

Persons with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) will work hard to earn your praise for a job well done. Given the correct environmental structure and supports, someone with PWS can be one of your hardest working and valued employees. When it comes to tasks like sorting, shredding, adhering stamps onto cards, repetitive responsibilities of this nature, and […]

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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 some […]

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PWS Awareness Month – Week 3

Not on social media?  No problem!  PWSA (USA)’s daily PWS Awareness Month posts are available right here for you to access anytime.   Day 20 Hypogonadism (a condition in which the testicles are not working the way they should) and cryptorchidism (undescended testes) are both common newborn males with PWS and can lead to delayed […]

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Exercise and Behavior

You’ve heard exercise is good for physical health, but did you know research also shows exercise is beneficial to mental health and mood? According to the Mayo Clinic, physicalactivity stimulates endorphins in the brain that elevate mood and encourage relaxation. Exercise can fend off depression and anxiety in individuals with PWS and can even combat […]

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PWS Awareness Month Week 2 Mini Blog – Positive Behavioral Support

So far, we have looked at some of the many reasons negative behaviors occur, as well as behavior management techniques helpful with individual with Prader-Willi syndrome. Positive Behavioral Supportis another essential tool for caregivers. Positive behavioral support can help decrease tantrums, reduce perseverative and OCD like behaviors, and increase cooperation and effective transitions through activities. […]

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PWS Awareness Month Week 2 Mini Blog – Oppositional Behavior

Individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome often demonstrate oppositional behavior, another challenge for parents and caregivers. Tips for managing oppositional behavior include: Avoid yes and no questions. Instead, offer limited choices. Rather than asking, “Do you want to wear your red coat,” try offering two choices: “Do you want to wear your red or blue coat?” It […]

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PWS AWARENESS MONTH WEEK 2 MINI BLOG – Perseverating

Perseverating, or getting stuck on a topic or task, or repeating the same question or phrase over and over again, is common in Prader-Willi syndrome. Often, the repetitive behavior is provoked by anxiety as the repetition provides a level of comfort to an individual with PWS. Unfortunately, perseverating can be exhausting for parents and caregivers. Here […]

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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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