Angelman syndrome is a rare neuro-genetic disorder occurring in around 1 in 16,000 individuals, causing developmental disabilities and neurological problems, the characteristics of which include:
- Epilepsy in 85% of cases
- poor sleep pattern
- problems with movement and balance
- severe speech-impairment.
- Two of the most prominent behavioural characteristics are inappropriate laughter and speech deficits.
- sociable behaviour with frequent smiling
- A small head (microcephaly)
Supporting Angelman syndrome
Some of the symptoms of Angleman syndrome can be difficult to manage, and we at Daneswood are proud to be able to offer strong support and advice from a wide range of healthcare aids, including:
- anti-epileptic medicine to control the seizures
- behavioural therapy may be recommended to help overcome problem behaviours, hyperactivity and a short attention span
- activities such as swimming, horse-riding and music therapy have also been reported as being beneficial
- communication therapy may be needed to help develop non-verbal language skills, such as sign language and using visual aids. Communication therapy, and behavioural therapies are important in allowing individuals with Angelman syndrome to reach their maximum developmental potential.