- Williams Syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone.
- It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. These occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities, and an affinity for music.
- Williams Syndrome affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide – an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people in the U.S. It is known to occur equally in males and females in every culture.
Signs & Symptoms:
- Facial features
- Small upturned nose
- Long upper lip
- Wide mouth
- Full lips
- Small chin
- Puffiness around the eyes
- Excessively social personality
- Developmental or learning disabilities
- Attention deficit disorder/short attention span
- Sensitive hearing
- No fear of strangers
- Prefers adults over peers
- Poor balance and motor skills
Other Complications & Considerations:
- Difficulty with spatial awareness, numbers, and abstract reasoning
- Inability to process nuanced social cues
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Dental abnormalities
- Hypercalcemia (elevated blood calcium levels)