Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 48, Issue 9, pp 3256–3259 | Cite as

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

  • Olympia PalikaraEmail author
  • Maria Ashworth
  • Jo Van Herwegen
Letter to the Editor


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.


Williams syndrome Educational provision Academic achievements Transition Interventions 



This study was funded by Williams Syndrome Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, Froebel CollegeUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyKingston University LondonLondonUK

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