TheSite.org takes a look at one of the rarer genetic conditions associated with learning disabilities that often gets overlooked.
What is it?
Williams syndrome is a non-hereditary genetic condition causing medical and developmental problems, occurring in approximately in one in 20,000 births.
How does it affect people?
People with Williams syndrome have physical, emotional, behavioural and mental difficulties. These can include hyperactivity in early years, hypersensitivity to noise, problems in social and personal relationships, elfin facial features and heart problems.
What causes Williams syndrome?
The syndrome is caused by missing genetic material on a chromosome.
Many people with Williams syndrome can go undiagnosed for some time. Clinical diagnosis can be confirmed by a blood test.
What treatment is available?
Physical, occupational and speech therapy can be very beneficial.
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