Understanding Williams Syndrome: Behavioral Patterns and Interventions

By Eleanor Semel; Sue R. Rosner | Go to book overview

CHAPTER
8

Summary and Conclusions

Just as a forest is more than a lot of trees, a person is more than a collection of behaviors.

Whereas previous chapters examined the behavioral characteristics of WSs within the separate areas of functioning—namely, language, perceptualmotor performance, specific aptitudes, and behavior problems—this chapter provides an overview of those characteristics. It focuses on the prototypical and associated features of WSs and the specificity of those features to WS. Related issues are the interconnections of features and the genetic and brain mechanisms associated with them.

Approaches to intervention are also considered from a broader perspective. Whereas previous chapters recommended techniques for dealing with the problem-specific difficulties and special skills of WSs, the present chapter provides general intervention guidelines that are applicable across specific areas.

Finally, the chapter discusses possible trends in the future study and treatment of WS. Suggestions for improvement in the care delivery systems of WS conclude the chapter.


I. BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS OF WS

What are the essential elements of WS behavior? How can the prototypical and associated features of WS be distinguished from the previously noted vast array of items, characteristics, dimensions, factors, and categories,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • List of Figures v
  • List of Tables v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword xiii
  • Preface xvii
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction 1
  • Chapter 2 - Language Skills and Problems 15
  • Chapter 3 - Intervention Approaches for Language Problems 64
  • Chapter 4 - Perceptual and Motor Performance 108
  • Chapter 5 - Specific Aptitudes 187
  • Chapter 6 - Maladaptive Behaviors 252
  • Chapter 7 - Intervention Approaches for Maladaptive Behaviors 297
  • Chapter 8 - Summary and Conclusions 359
  • References 402
  • Appendix 420
  • Author Index 431
  • Subject Index 443
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