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Posted May 08, 2018, by lauriej1
                 One of the most common things people say to me is, “I don’t know how you do it. I could never be a special needs parent. There is a reason Maya was given to you and not me.”  More about Special Needs Parenting: Awareness of Reality and Committment
Posted Apr 24, 2018, by lauriej1
Please join us in making 2018 a memorable one! Looking for some ideas? The WSA knows that our wonderful community shares stories and awareness about Williams syndrome throughout the year, but in May, we REALLY make it happen. It's our special time to highlight Williams syndrome, and there are so many ways to do just that... More about WS Awareness Month May 2018
Posted Feb 20, 2018, by lauriej1
For many years, Dr. Karen Levine has been using an intervention called “Replays” to help children with Williams syndrome and other neurodevelopmental conditions learn to cope with anxiety. This approach includes play and humor to gradually decrease the child’s fear and anxiety in fearful situations. More about “Replays” Intervention Study: Coping Mechanism for Anxiety
Posted Dec 29, 2017, by lauriej1
The final days of December are nearly always a time for reflection. I find that reflecting on personal, family and WSA activities always helps me put life in perspective. More often than not, accomplishments and causes for celebration outweigh the challenges and that is always a great way to end one year and set new goals for the next. More about Reflections
Posted Oct 23, 2017, by lauriej1
The WSA is proud to partner with Team IMPACT (TI) to spread the word on how young individuals with Williams syndrome can participate in the inspiring program. Team IMPACT is a two-year commitment and relationship between college sports teams and individuals with special needs that “connects children with serious and chronic illnesses to local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.” More about The Power of Teams: WSA Partners with Team IMPACT