latest news
  • Mental health difficulties in Williams, Prader-Willi & fragile X syndromes


    A recent paper published in 2019 has described and...

  • Video Launch - Challenging Behaviour

    We have launched a new video on the factors that...

  • Mental health difficulties in children with learning disabilities

    Overview of the presentation

    This presentation was delivered by Chris...

  • Exciting New Research in Autism Launched

    A new research study...

Key Fact
Individuals with Williams syndrome have strengths in their spoken language compared to their understanding

Adaptive Behaviour in Williams Syndrome

There is wide variability between individuals with Williams syndrome in their adaptive living skills. This means that every person will show different strengths and weaknesses.


Adaptive skills include social, communication and practical skills that help a person in their everyday functioning. Adaptive behaviour skills in Williams syndrome tend to be lower than in typically developing individuals of the same age. People with Williams syndrome show relative strengths in their ability to socialise compared to their communication.


More and more young adults with Williams syndrome are now attending college and there are also many opportunities to volunteer or gain paid work. The majority of adults with Williams syndrome master self-help skills and complete academic or vocational school. Some adults with Williams syndrome live on their own, although most individuals require at least some of support to ensure their safety and adequate self-car and others live with their parents or in supervised apartments.

Download this page as a PDF