Williams Syndrome Research Open to Enrollment

Williams Syndrome Research Open to Enrollment

Development of Behavioral Play Therapy for Anxiety for Children with Williams syndrome

Children with Williams syndrome often experience considerable anxiety and associated emotional dysregulation. There are few treatments developed for young children with anxiety difficulties, and even fewer evaluated for use with children with developmental disabilities. Help us develop guidance for therapists working with children with Williams syndrome to reduce anxiety and fear. This research is open to families of children with Williams syndrome who get very anxious or afraid in particular situations (e.g, brushing hair, haircuts, flushing toilets, birthday parties). Dr. Karen Levine and Dr. Bonnie Klein-Tasman are working together to develop a manual to help guide therapists to use a play-based approach to reducing fear and anxiety. Parents will be interviewed via skype about their child’s anxiety, and will be asked to complete some questionnaires about their child’s behavior, anxiety, and fears. Children will complete a measure of cognitive abilities. Children will then participate in 1-3 play sessions (depending on availability and individual needs) aimed at reducing anxiety and fear.

This study takes place at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab. If you have financial need, funds can be made available for your airfare or mileage for travel, as well as for lodging near UWM.

See here for additional information: WSBPT Study Flier

This research is supported by a grant from the Williams Syndrome Association Grant #0110.

Feasibility and Acceptability of Behavioral Play Therapy for Anxiety for Children with Williams syndrome

We are also completing 2 online anonymous survey studies: We are interested in gaining parents’ and professionals/providers’ perspective on Behavioral Play Therapy for children with Williams syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

To complete the Anonymous Parent Feasibility Questionnaire go here: Anonymous Parent Feasibility and Acceptability Questionnaire.

To complete the Anonymous Service Provider Feasibility Questionnaire, go here: Anonymous Provider Feasibility and Acceptability Questionnaire

This research is supported by a grant from the Williams Syndrome Association Grant #0110.