Angelman Syndrome

What is Angelman Syndrome?

Occurring in an individual’s genetics, Angelman Syndrome causes physical intellectual and developmental disabilities by affecting an individual’s nervous system. Although Angelman Syndrome is not immediately noticeable at birth, symptoms begin to appear after the child is about 1 year old. Individuals with Angelman Syndrome often have trouble with things like moving, balancing, and speech. A common characteristic of individuals with Angelman Syndrome is being overly happy and excited about seemingly unremarkable things, such as water. These individuals are often seen smiling, laughing, and performing excited gestures with their hands.


Signs of Angelman Syndrome:

According to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, the early signs to watch for are:

  • Difficulties with speech
  • Difficulties with walking and balancing
  • Epilepsy
  • Frequent smiling and laughter


Treatment for Angelman Syndrome:

Children living with Angelman Syndrome are affected by a variety of unique combinations of physical and intellectual disabilities. Therefore, treatments for children with Angelman Syndrome must be specifically tailored to children on a case-by-case basis in order to meet adequately meet a child’s physical and intellectual needs. SMILE has developed a variety of therapies that may be combined and customized in order to fully meet the needs of children living with Angelman Syndrome in order to fully maximize the potential of their everyday lives. At SMILE, your child will receive a wide spectrum of services, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and vestibular rehabilitation in order to combat the challenges brought forth by Angelman Syndrome.

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