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The Co-occurrence of Autism and Williams Syndrome: A Case Study Report

Author(s): Vesna Stojanovik

Journal: Journal of Speech and Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis
ISSN 1932-4731

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Williams syndrome | case study | language | communication | autism

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 standardizedassessments 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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