May is Williams Syndrome Awareness Month

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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