- Young children who have AS learn to respond to personal cues and interactions. They can be very intuitive.
- Interest in people allows children to express a broad range of feelings and form close bonds and real friendships with others.
- They can be part of family and class activities, household chores, and daily living skills.
- They may like recreation, music, and physical activity.
- All young children who have AS have a degree of hyperactivity.
- The constant movement may cause accidental bruises and cuts.
- Grabbing, pinching, and biting in older children may happen and can be related to this extra movement.
- Behavioral supports may be helpful in limiting the less desirable behaviors that are socially disruptive and self-injurious.
- Some behaviors may be suggestive of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, social engagement is often quite good, and Autism Spectrum Disorder is not a common diagnosis in children with Angelman syndrome. Some of these behaviors may include:
- Stereotypic behaviors such as lining up toys, love of spinning
- Stereotypic motor movements (rocking, hand flapping)
- Repetitive behaviors and play with unusual objects
- Sensory interests (lick/mouth/sniff objects)
- Rituals (hoarding food or objects, food fads)
- Food related behaviors
- Eating non-food items
- Apparent increased appetite
- Increased interest in food which may lead to obesity