LC Journal of Special Education


Williams syndrome is known by several names: Beuren's syndrome, Williams-Beuren syndrome, Fanconi-Schlesinger syndrome, Williams‟ elfin face syndrome, Williams-Barratt syndrome, and Williams‟ syndrome (Also known as . . . 2001). Williams syndrome (WS) affects 1 in 7500-20,000 births regardless of gender or race (Stromme, Bjornstad, and Ramstad 2002). It is typically diagnosed in infancy or in early childhood. Recently, there has been a great deal of research regarding all aspects of this perplexing syndrome. Therefore, the scope of this paper will be an overview of the history, etiology, characteristics, and interventions surrounding Williams syndrome.