Williams syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting approximately 1 in 10,000. It affects both males and females equally.

This syndrome is present at birth and can affect anyone. It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities. These often occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities, and an affinity for music.

Children with Williams syndrome tend to be social, friendly and endearing. In fact, they are likely to be overly friendly, and lack so-called “stranger danger”.  This tendency makes Williams syndrome children socially vulnerable.

Although Williams syndrome affects those afflicted for life, there is much that can be done to help. Early diagnosis for Williams syndrome can dramatically change outcomes for the future of children affected.

This is a video done by ABC news a few years ago which gives an excellent look into the challenges and joys of Williams syndrome. We hope you enjoy learning about these wonderful members of our community!

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Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (http://www.thesandiegopediatricpt.com/2017/01/strength-and-power-training-for-kiddos.html)

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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