Identified more than 40 years ago, Williams syndrome occurs in an estimated one in 20,000 births worldwide. It arises from a faulty recombination event during the development of sperm or egg cells. As a result, almost invariably the same set of about 20 genes surrounding the gene for elastin is deleted from one copy of chromosome seven, catapulting the carrier of the deletion into a world where people make much more sense than objects do. Despite a myriad of health problems and a generally low IQ, people with Williams syndrome are loquacious, sociable, and very empathetic.
Why This Blog?
I am a Dad to a great little WS person and love doing all I can to understand his world and love him better. Since information on WS is fairly rare, I thought I would share whatever I found of interest. Plus, if you know my kid, here is a great way for you to understand him better!