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I'm working away from home for a few days… Linda will be in the safe care of Beth and a succession of care assistants so I know she'll be in good hands but parting is still tough. Linda gives me a hug (one of those Williams 'whole body' sort of hugs) and says she will […]
We recently bought this book: “Understanding Williams Syndrome: Behavioral Patterns and Interventions” by Eleanor Semel and Sue R. Rosner as the title and description on Amazon made it sound like just what we wanted to read – an expert text on Williams Syndrome but also pitched at parents and carers. It also promised to both […]
If you are living or working with someone who you suspect has Williams Syndrome, the chances are that you’ll be talking with a medical specialist about this at some stage soon. You may discuss the typical signs and symptoms of Williams Syndrome and you can certainly read our other articles on this site. It won’t […]
When you know someone who has, or might have Williams Syndrome, often your first reaction is to begin to search for information on the internet. If you’ve done this, you’ll no doubt have read that there are many possible symptoms. As a parent you’re often aware of the slow development of your child. You often […]
If you’ve ever entered “Williams Syndrome” into an internet search engine you’ve probably also received an answer that describes it as a complex condition caused by a microdeletion of a small number of genes from one copy of Chromosome 7, but what does that mean? Williams Syndrome Genetics The many possible symptoms of Williams Syndrome […]
In a person affected by WS, somewhere along the line, possibly in the formation of the egg or the sperm cell or very early after conception, a random event deletes a small piece from one copy of chromosome 7. The size of the missing piece is slightly different in different people but it often contains 20 to 30 genes and the affected person then has only one copy of these genes rather than the normal two copies.
Williams Syndrome is a genetic condition that affects between one in every 8,000 or 25,000 births, depending on which part of the world you live in or which website you get your information from. Either way, it's pretty rare and most people won't personally know someone who has Williams Syndrome. The syndrome was first described in 1961 by a Dr Williams based on a number of characteristics in people affected; basically four children all with aortic stenosis, learning difficulties and particular facial features. In the mid 1990s researchers were able to confirm that the root cause of WS was a small deletion on chromosome 7, that means, in people with WS, a piece of genetic material that contains about 25 different genes, is missing from one of their chromosomes.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Contents Signs and symptom Nervous system Cause Treatment In popular culture References Further reading External links Williams syndrome (WS or WMS; also Williams–Beuren syndrome or WBS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a deletion of about 26 genes from the long arm of chromosome 7. It is characterized by […]
Question Lainey asks: () So basically we can’t think of a present to give my big sister. She is 22 and has williams syndrome. So she basically thinks like a 7 year old. Dont feel bad for me, shes really fun to be around and really sweet :] Anyways/ we cant think of a gift […]