WiSHES is a guide all parents and professionals working with people with Williams Syndrome.
WiSHES – Williams Syndrome Holistic Educational Strategies – is written by Dr Fionnuala Tynan who is a Lecturer in the Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and is a member of the WSI Committee. The book promotes inclusive learning in children with Williams Syndrome (WS). The book outlines a way forward for supporting learners with WS and moves away from a medical model of disability to a more holistic profile that acknowledge the biological, social and psychological aspects of learners with Williams Syndrome.
While primarily focused on learners of primary and post-primary school age, much of the book is relevant for younger learners and for those who have left school. The book’s underlying belief is that individuals with WS have a wide range of talents and learning abilities which need to be developed to enable high quality and lifelong learning to take place. In addition WiSHES is full of strategies for promoting learning in all aspects of the child’s life.
Copies of the book WiSHES can be obtained at https://www.curriculumdevelopmentunit.com/wishes.html