This month, Eastpoint are proud to announce their donation to an excellent cause – the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK.
Prader-Willi syndrome (often called PWS) is a complex medical condition that affects both males and females throughout their lives. People with PWS may need extra support with health and development and in the areas of education and work. People with PWS may present some challenging learning and emotional behaviours and unusual medical issues. The syndrome typically causes low muscle tone with motor development delays, short stature if not treated with growth hormone, and incomplete sexual development. Most people with PWS are floppy at birth with initial difficulties in feeding, but then in early childhood begin to show increased appetite which can lead to excessive eating and life-threatening obesity. Although PWS presents a group of features that occur together, it is important to remember that every child is an individual. Not every person with PWS will have all of these characteristics. Presentations will also vary in intensity from person to person. Increasingly, early diagnosis gives our children a more positive start with prompt intervention and sensible eating plans. The name of the syndrome is derived from the names of two of the doctors who first described the pattern of characteristics associated with PWS in 1956.