Managing Anxiety in Williams Syndrome


Managing anxiety in Williams Syndrome: the feasibility and acceptability of Billy’s Feelings Toolbox©: a parent intervention package for young people with Williams Syndrome and anxiety

For children and young people with Williams Syndrome, anxiety can be a significant problem. There are no intervention packages which have been developed specifically for children with WS to tackle anxiety. With the funding from the Williams Syndrome Foundation we are developing an intervention package that focuses on addressing anxiety in children with WS. Our study will result in the development of a parent-based programme of intervention based on CBT principles, focusing specifically on anxiety for young people with WS. The intervention (Billy’s Feelings Toolbox©) involves parents attending three full day intervention sessions alongside other parents and provides parents with strategies and tools to assist their child help to develop strategies to reduce anxiety.

Who is involved in this study?

The Principal Investigator for this study is Dr Jacqui Rodgers

Jacqui Rodgers

Also involved in the project from outside of the Neurodevelopment and Disability team are:

  • Debbie Riby (Co-Investigator; Associate Professor (Reader), Durham University)
  • Mary Hanley (Co-Investigator; Assistant Professor, Durham University)

More information        


Twitter: @jacquirodgers                    

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Managing Anxiety in Williams Syndrome sits within the 'Effects and acceptability of interventions' and 'Engagement with young people and their families' research themes.

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