SEVENar with Debbie Riby, PhD Regarding Anxiety in William Syndrome
SEVENar with Debbie Riby, PhD Regarding Anxiety in William Syndrome

Penny PerezCEO & Founder of Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation, announces their next SEVENar, interactive Facebook Q&A Discussions. Have questions or concerns about anxiety in William syndrome (WS)?

Thursday, 11/21, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST

SEVENar with Debbie Riby, PhD Regarding Anxiety in William Syndrome

Our next SEVENar will be held Thursday, 11/21, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm EST in our Williams Syndrome Support Group. This will be an interactive question and answer session with Debbie Riby, PhD. regarding anxiety in Williams syndrome.

Dr. Riby is a Senior Lecturer and head of the North East Williams Syndrome Research Group in the Department of Psychology at Durham University in the UK. She has been conducting research involving individuals with WS since 2001 and has published a catalog of research articles on aspects of cognition and behavior associated with Williams syndrome.

The primary focus of Dr Riby’s work has been on social behavior and social cognition (the ability to appropriately evaluate socially relevant information and make informed judgments to adapt and guide social behaviors – e.g. evaluating if someone is happy, sad, angry, trustworthy and deciding to approach / avoid that person). More recently, with colleagues in clinical psychology Dr Riby has become interested in aspects of anxiety associated with WS – again linking this to the impact upon everyday functioning.

If you are a parent or a caregiver of an individual with Williams syndrome and are not already a member of our support group page, please submit your request to join our group today at

*We will not be welcoming new members during any SEVENar sessions.

What is William syndrome?

  • Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder…
  • Individuals with Williams syndrome also have a developmental delays ranging from mild to severe. Delays are typically global and most children are quite delayed in meeting milestones such as crawling, walking, talking and many children have significant feeding difficulties…
  • Williams syndrome can be confirmed by a blood test, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) or targeted mutation analysis…

Go to Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation site and read more about William syndrome (WS).

About Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation

William syndrome - SEVENar with Debbie Riby, PhD Regarding Anxiety in William Syndrome

On their Facebook page I learned that  Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation is a non profit foundation pending 501(c) 3 status.
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The Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation was formed to enhance the lives of children and adults living with a diagnosis of Williams syndrome by providing needed financial assistance with medical, therapeutic, recreational needs and other developmental resources. In addition, the Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation provides support for individuals, parents and families through outreach, and sponsored functions.
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