|A William's Mind
|Trey Johnson is a typical ray of sunshine to all whom he comes in contact with. Born June of '97 with William's Syndrome, Trey experienced double hernia's and pneumonia before the age of 5 months. During an office visit for an ear infection, he was found to have a heart murmur, we later learned was a pulmonary stynosis. Routine blood work performed during his heart catherizaton at 7 months diagnosed Trey with William's Syndrome, a very rare genetic disorder found to carry learning disabilities as well as multiple health problems.For years we have known of people with pixie-looking faces, small in statue (elf-like), whom are very proficient in language skills, especially at reciting tales. In ancient times they were known as elves or fairies. It is now believed these wee people lived with a genetic disorder called William's Syndrome, named after J.C.P. Williams. The mystery behind this newly diagnosed genetic disorder, is the complexity in which it affects it's recipients. Children born with this syndrome have difficulty learning to tie their shoes or making change, yet their musical abilities are astounding. Unable to read the music which they play doesn't hamper their ability to produce some of the most exquisite sounds musically possible. They have alot of difficulty with math, yet their speech is far beyond their peers.
Utah researchers found that these children are missing a gene in chromosome #7 responsible for manufacturing elastin, a protein that allows the body's tissues to properly flex and recoil. They feel this explains the health problems that accompany people with WS, such as pulmonary valve stenosis, and hernias. The facial characteristics of people with WS are very universal, big round eyes, full lips and a small cleft beneath the lower eye lids.
Discovered by a new test called "fish", the dye leaves blank spots on the genes, thought to control the cognitive development. Researchers are focusing now on how people with WS have their language and social skills spared while fumbling to learn to tie their shoes.
Although educators are still in the infancy stage of teaching techniques for William's children, there are several excellent ideas in the works. Listed below are a some very useful links in understanding more about this beautiful mystery.
|The William's Syndrome Organization|
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|The Family Village|
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