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Most individuals with Williams syndrome have an affinity to music. They are touched by music in ways not usually seen in the general population. It is quite common for those with Williams syndrome to be reduced to tears by classical music, disturbed by music played in minor chords or moved to dance and laugh by playful and "happy" music.
Psychological testing is usually conducted every 3 years by school systems. Parents have the right to request that the testing be performed by a designated testing specialist (outside of the school system). It is important for parents to ask what test batteries the school specialist intends to use, as not every test is appropriate for students with Williams syndrome.
Educators face unique challenges teaching children with Williams syndrome, but with knowledge of the learning styles of students with WS, your students can experience success in the classroom. For a one page fact sheet on the educational profile for sudents with Williams syndrome, click here.
Connecting the ws cognitive profile to educational strategies
With school age children we see:
Educators face unique challenges teaching children with Williams syndrome. The information presented here is a good starting point for understanding how to address these unique issues
Williams Syndrome Information for Teachers
by: Karen Levine, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Co-Director Williams Syndrome Program
The Children's Hospital, Boston, MA