The smiles on the faces of individuals with Angelman syndrome (AS) belie a life marked by severe developmental delay, speech difficulties, seizure disorders and more. And yet, they go on smiling. That’s just one reason the Angelman Syndrome Foundation seeks to advance the awareness, understanding and treatment of AS, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
Made up of families, caregivers and medical professionals who care about those with Angelman syndrome, the Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to support individuals with AS, their families and others who care. With your help, we can all give them a reason to smile.
This module can help parents and caregivers learn about factors and events that are associated with aggressive behavior in individuals with Angelman syndrome. It also discusses the importance of changing social and environmental conditions to reduce the risk of aggression and teaching new skills that can be used in place of the aggressive behavior.
The first section of this module defines cognition and adaptive behavior. The module then defines "sensory issues," and addresses how to treat hyper-responsiveness as well as hypo-responsiveness. The module then shifts to defining autism and its relevance to Angelman Syndrome.
Individuals with Angelman syndrome may develop mental illness, just like people without a developmental disability. This module will address the issues and treatment surrounding mental illness in individuals with Angelman syndrome.
This module will discuss the common health issues that may contribute to the development of negative or aggressive behaviors in Angelman Syndrome. In this section we will discuss seizures, sleep, gastrointestinal and orthopedic health and overall pain management. Each of these areas has the potential to contribute to an individual's resultant behavior.
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