Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a rare Neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in about one in 20,000 births.
Characteristics consistent with AS are:
- severe intellectual disability and developmental delay;
- profound speech impairment – no speech or minimal use of words, receptive and non-verbal communication skills greater than verbal ones;
- lack of muscular coordination when walking (unstable, jerky gait) and stiffness in limbs;
- seizures; and
- usually a happy demeanour.
Other less common characteristics include: protruding tongue, swallowing disorders, wide mouth, frequent drooling, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), cross-eyes, increased sensitivity to heat, fascination with/attraction to water
Not all features may be present, but an individual may live with a combination of these characteristics.
Refer to 3.5 Intellectual Disabilities for programming and inclusion tips. Do be aware of any water based activities should the individual involved possess this particular characteristic.
Angelman Syndrome Association – www.angelmansyndrome.org