By Brett, Williams syndrome, United States, February 22, 2021
Brett was diagnosed with Williams syndrome at two years old. He had none of the clinical signs that were typically seen in WS - a heart murmur and some developmental delays, but mainly he was not speaking. The cardiac issues and social personality usually seen in children with WS were not in Brett.
He was four years old when he said his first word -"moo" - when he saw a cow on Sesame Street. From there he took off and learned all kinds of animal sounds. Through a lot of hard work, he learned and could read at near a college level by the time he was in high school. He has some great and unusual skills. Brett loves to build moving models with battery-powered engines of his own design using K'nex, can call owls out of the woods at night and is an encyclopedia of knowledge around truck and police cruiser parts, movies or anything Broadway.
Yet everyday, Brett lives to make others happy and is happy to be rare.