The co-occurrence of autism and Williams syndrome: a case study report
Stojanovik, V. (2006) The co-occurrence of autism and Williams syndrome: a case study report. Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis, 2 (1). pp. 46-54. ISSN 1932-4731
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This paper describes a longitudinal case study detailing the communication profile of one child with both Williams syndrome (WS) and autism. The participant was administered two standardized assessments of language and general cognitive abilities. His parents completed the Pre-Verbal Communication Schedule; and a sample of the child's spontaneous interaction was analyzed. The results show that this child presents with markedly delayed language and communication skills and that his communication profile is the opposite of the assumed 'typical' WS profile. The conclusion is that clinicians need to be aware of the co-occurrence of genetic disorders, such as WS and autism in order to facilitate accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
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