What is Williams Syndrome?

Williams syndrome (WS) is a rare genetic condition caused by a microdeletion of 20-some genes on chromosome 7. It is sporadic (random, spontaneous, not inherited) and is observed in approximately 1-10,000 births. Individuals with WS often have cardiovascular, kidney and digestive problems. Hypercalcemia and hypotonia are common as are developmental delays, sensory integration difficulties and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities are coupled with some remarkable skills and abilities. People with WS have highly social, endearing personalities. They master verbal skills. Most have a strong affinity for music and many have outstanding musical abilities including "perfect pitch."



Williams Syndrome Awareness Week 2011 ran from May 8-14 and to celebrate the occasion, I wrote a 7-day series on WS and the way it affects sweet Bean and my family. The direct links can be found here:


Williams Syndrome Awareness Day 1: Sweetheart

Williams Syndrome Awareness Day 2: Heart of Gold

Williams Syndrome Awareness Day 3: Complexity

Williams Syndrome Awareness Day 4: Belly Aches and Other Ailments

Williams Syndrome Awareness Day 5: Where to go next?

Williams Syndrome Awareness Day 6: Beautiful

Williams Syndrome Awareness Day 7: Putting the Pieces Together