It's a high point in the school day for the 11-year-old fourth grader, who is put in mainstream courses when possible and in a class for developmentally delayed students the rest of the time. And it brings a smile to the face of Julie Oliveira, Audrey's special day class teacher of two years.
"She's come a long way," Oliveira said. "Before, she wasn't able to work in groups or stay on task. Now she can. And she's a hoot. She's definitely fun to have in class."
That delightful personality and expressive speech defines Audrey, the oldest child of Dean and Sabrina Hull of Modesto. She has Williams syndrome, a rare genetic condition characterized by medical problems, developmental delays and learning disabilities. But such children also have striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.
"There are a lot of silver linings," said Sabrina.
Because the condition is so rare — about one in 10,000 births — not many people know about it. So today begins the first national Williams syndrome awareness week. The Hulls will hold a gathering Saturday for other families in Northern California affected by the syndrome.
Monday, May 17, 2010
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