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ERIC Number: ED411652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-11
Pages: 23
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Williams Syndrome: A Family's Journey.
Sorrell, Adrian L.
This paper describes Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that results in mental retardation. An overview of this condition is presented from the perspective of a family who traveled through the many stages of the disability from infancy to young adulthood. The etiology and characteristics of the disability are discussed, including distinctive facial features, delayed motor development, and speech patterns. The paper also addresses the educational implications of the disability. The behavior problems of children with Williams syndrome are identified, including their short attention spans, difficulty in modulating emotions, anxiety around unexpected changes in routine, heightened sensitivity to sounds, preseverating on favorite conversational topics, rocking, and difficulty building friendships. Testing, placement, and academic difficulties are also discussed along with suggestions on how to make appropriate accommodations. The paper closes with a description of the educational career of a child with Williams syndrome. A list of resource organizations is provided and information summary sheets are attached for overhead display. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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