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Kids Like You And Me: Williams Syndrome

Williams Syndrome Association

"The Pea Green Boat" provides a unique and nurturing place to hear stories about how it feels to be excluded, mocked, and bullied because you’re different, in color or ability – or how it feels to be accepted despite those differences. This week, Annie talks to Claire Carmody, a teenager with Williams Syndrome, and her mom, Jen Carmody, about the advantages and challenges of the disorder.

What does Montana’s limited ethnic and cultural diversity mean to the social development of the state’s children? Nearly 90 per cent of Montana’s children have little reason to learn, to think, or to act beyond their individual experience as a member of the majority.

Programs in the Kids Like You and Me series can help build empathy and teach compassion and acceptance. And they are a free resource for parents, caregivers, and teachers to help begin and moderate relevant conversations.

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Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at and
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