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.
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,