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Posted Jul 30, 2018, by lauriej1
Many of us can attest to the fact that WSA conventions have an effect on cities and their people in addition to our attendees. People who had never heard of Williams syndrome, like the many staff at restaurants in Little Italy in Baltimore or our hotel, do now! More about WSA Convention Reflection: For our Community and Beyond
Posted May 16, 2018, by lauriej1
I want to share a story about a Mom, her wonderful daughter who happens to have WS, and big dreams.  More about Bee Strong: The Story Behind the New Therapy Initiative
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 our efforts to spread awareness! 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
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