Latham Centers' residents look forward to participating in a variety of adventures which include Asinotherapy, or "Donkey Therapy." Additionally, 博天堂官方入口的学生健全的职业课程, LathamWorks, offers job training skills and hand-crafted products for our community of family and friends to purchase.

Donkey Therapy

Our history with this unorthodox approach to animal therapy began in 2008 when Dr. Janice Forster, a renowned neuro-psychiatrist and expert in Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) treatment, visited with Latham and encouraged us to consider developing an Asinotherapy Program for our residents. 这个项目不断发展壮大,现在有六头驴以博天堂官方为家!

The students and adults in Latham Centers' donkey therapy project learn to first earn the trust of the donkeys. This means being gentle, reliable, 让驴子知道博天堂官方入口的人在那里帮助他们.

Where is started: In Germany, a treatment program providing care to miniature donkeys was extremely successful in helping individuals with developmental disabilities learn important skills, 包括建立关系和职业培训.

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Our goal is to have Latham adult residents train and mentor Latham School students in the Asinotherapy Program. 作为训练有素的成年人,他们把年轻的学生置于自己的羽翼之下, 他们将从互动中受益, 帮助他们变得更有同情心,对年轻人更有帮助, 作为个体,他们要花更长的时间来应对自己的障碍, 他们可以分享他们作为成年PWS患者的生活经历. The younger students, on the other hand, 哪些人通常不与患有该综合征的成年人接触, 会在他们成年后学习新的生活技能吗.

The overarching goal of Latham’s Asinotherapy Program is to help each person make progress toward fulfilling his or her goals. We have realized great success on behalf of previously trained individuals and look to the future for more dramatic gains at Latham Centers.



In 2009, Latham purchased a residential home in East Sandwich with grounds approved for the boarding of livestock. 这为博天堂官方入口考虑发展博天堂官方入口的脊椎疗法项目打开了大门. Donkeys are known for their good nature, their crave of attention, and their patience. 这个项目提供了很多学习的机会, nurturing, 在教授同理心的同时建立信任和自尊, responsibility, 以及适当的界限.

Latham's donkey trainer has worked with many staff members and individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome in the Asinotherapy Program. 每个人都被训练来照顾和养育博天堂官方入口的六头驴-安格斯, Moonbeam, Jake, Curly, Esther, and Esau.


The Benefits

In the United States, we are more familiar with Hippotherapy involving horses as a therapeutic tool. Latham Centers had students and residents have a long history of engaging in therapeutic riding activities in the community. We've witnessed numerous benefits from involving our program participants in relationships with animals.

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  • 驴101 -什么是驴, where do they come from, 他们在“真实”的世界里做什么工作呢, 寿命和健康问题, and temperament
  • 围场和驴子周围的安全
  • Donkey and Paddock Care

Latham Works

博天堂官方入口学校的工作人员帮助学生为毕业后的生活做好准备. 这包括指导每个学生的工作技能. 这些技能可能包括但不限于工艺制作, horticulture, woodworking, and soap making, and animal care.

工作准备技能还包括收银能力, sorting and assembly, and office assistance.

Students in the Latham Works vocational program have truly excelled since the inception of this program and Latham Centers’ goal is to maintain 100% student employment.

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在园艺专业, 学生们用种子种植植物, root cuttings, 或者购买年轻的观赏植物来饲养. Also, 通过博天堂官方与当地企业的关系, 学生们收到捐赠的切花, 他们在博天堂官方入口校区安排并运送这些东西吗. Preparing and growing plants and flowers is an art form and allows students to explore their creativity. Moreover, 学生受到颜色的刺激, aromas, 和花的纹理, 而其他人则通过这种感官活动平静下来.



在购买预组装的木材项目,如长凳, shelves, and storage units, 学生(在工作人员监督下), paint, 完成博天堂官方入口木工项目的每一个项目. This program introduces tool safety and team work while encouraging student creativity, 批判性思维和精细运动技能. Additionally, sanding and painting are very therapeutic types of sensory work as students smooth out rough surfaces.



肥皂的制作需要混合纯天然物质, sulfate free, goat’s milk soap liquid, pouring it in molds, 由学生选出, extracting it from said molds when dry and then wrapping each individual soap for sale. 在体验创造力的同时学习耐心, soap making gains popularity over the holidays when staff and community-minded businesses purchase a variety of soaps for gifts.

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Holiday Ornaments

For the holidays Latham students prepare by creating ornaments which emphasize their creative license. Whether an ornament spelling out a favorite phrase in Scrabble letters or a bulb filled with holiday goodies, Latham Works Holiday Ornaments are always crowd pleasers at the Latham Centers’ Annual Winter Craft Sale.


Rope Mats and Coasters

Students take long lengths of rope and weave them into intricate patterns; creating placemats, floor mats and coasters. Using templates to start, students enhance fine motor skills, while engaging in creative design. These projects involve patience and mastery, and are one of the newest vocational works programs.



Cleaning, mail sorting, 文书工作也是新出现的, and often paid vocational opportunities in the Latham Works program which allow for increased chances to improve social and fine motor skills. Off campus, students learn clerical work and other job skills at community-minded businesses such as the Orleans Bowling Center, 罗杰斯和格雷保险公司.


Community Volunteerism

Latham Centers’ mission-centric volunteer program allows students to offer their skills at a variety of places ranging from animal care facilities to local churches and elder care facilities. Our residents continually give back to our community at locations such as Brewster Ladies’ Library, Housing Assistance Corporation and local churches including First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist Church.

Additionally, Latham students take pride in volunteering at animal care facilities such as the Animal Rescue League of Brewster, Emerald Hollow Farms, MSPCA Animal Shelter, 森特维尔新英格兰遗弃动物协会和开普野生动物中心. 动物护理可以让学生学习生活技能, 让他们在工作中占有优势, 同时获得治疗益处.

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Throughout the year, Latham Works Job Coaches accept orders for soap, woodworking, and crafts. 欲了解更多有关学生创作的信息,并提交特别订单, 请与副校长联络, Meghan Pouliot, at mpouliot@tianaleshayjones.com.

Latham School:

Reaching for the Future

在博天堂官方入口学校,来自 8岁到22岁的年轻人 是否有特殊需要的老师或助手照顾. 在8人或更少学生的小型家庭教室里上课. …Read more.

Latham Centers:


While some Latham children return home to family or enroll in programs closer to home, others may transition to our Adult Programs or remain on Cape Cod to live independently …Read more.

Ways to Give


A gift to Latham Centers will make a difference in the life of each and every individual we serve. To make it as easy as possible for you to donate, we offer a variety of gift vehicles …Read more.