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Addressing the Educational Needs of Children with Williams Syndrome: A Rather Neglected Area of Research?

Palikara, O; Ashworth, M; Van Herwegen, J; (2018) Addressing the Educational Needs of Children with Williams Syndrome: A Rather Neglected Area of Research? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 48 (9) pp. 3256-3259. 10.1007/s10803-018-3578-x. Green open access

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Abstract

Williams syndrome (WS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder associated with physical health problems, limitations in cognitive abilities and increased risk of mental health difficulties. This profile of complex needs may make it challenging to support children with WS in schools. Surprisingly, in the current international move for inclusion, limited research exists on the educational provision and academic achievements of children with WS, including the non-existing literature on their voices and the perspectives of key stakeholders. This letter calls for additional research on the risk and protective factors associated with the educational outcomes of these children, the perspectives of the children themselves and the development of the evidence-base about the effectiveness of education intervention programs.

Type: Article
Title: Addressing the Educational Needs of Children with Williams Syndrome: A Rather Neglected Area of Research?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3578-x
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3578-x
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Williams syndrome, Educational provision, Academic achievements, Transition, Interventions
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067151
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