Prader Willi Syndrome

What is Prader Willi Syndrome?

Prader Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder due to loss of function of specific genes. In newborns, symptoms include weak muscles, poor feeding, and slow development. Beginning in childhood, the person becomes constantly hungry, which often leads to weight control issues and type 2 diabetes. Also, mild to moderate intellectual impairment and behavioral problems are not unusual. Often, the forehead is narrow, hands and feet are small, height is short, skin is light in color, and most of the affected are unable to have children.

PWS is not generally inherited, but instead the genetic changes happen during the formation of the egg, sperm, or in early development. No risk factors are known. Those who have one child with PWS have less than a 1% chance of the next child being affected.

About 74% of cases occur when part of the father's chromosome 15 is deleted. In another 25% of cases, the person has two copies of chromosome 15 from their mother and none from their father. As parts of the chromosome from the mother are turned off, results in a deficit of working copies of certain genes.

Prader-Willi Syndrome - Our Objectives

  • To provide a bespoke service.
  • To facilitate a safe and caring environment enabling clients to gain the best quality of life.
  • To support clients in making day-to-day decisions about their lives, empowering them to have control and choice in the way they live their life.
  • To support client's families with information, enabling you to participate in decisions at a level that is appropriate for the service being delivered.
  • To ensure clients have an active life and maintain social interaction within the community.
  • To ensure clients are supported in managing their PWS.
  • To facilitate accommodation suitable to live in the community as independently as possible whilst providing 24-hour support.
  • To ensure client’s privacy and dignity is maintained at all times.
  • To provide activity planning on a weekly basis.
  • To provide financial management of those funds as required on a day-to-day basis.
  • To provide support in attending appointments such as GP, hospital, dental or medical referrals.
  • To provide support in shopping for food products and the preparation of meals on a day-to-day basis whilst ensuring that this is managed appropriately to client's PWS.
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