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Angelman syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that leads to developmental delays, difficulty speaking and poor motor skills, and can be confused with Down's syndrome, autism, fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy and other genetic abnormalities. Children typically display developmental delays, hand flapping, clumsy movement, and poor speech, but are known to be excessively cheerful, affectionate people. Children require special education as their developmental delay, language impairment and short attention spans demand constant supervision. They can also have a disproportionate head to their body, eye abnormalities, a prominent jaw, wide mouths and suffer from fits. They can have problems eating as infants, developing chewing movements later on with drooling, and a protruding tongue.
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About: Angelman Syndrome
Date: 27 May 2005
Source: Daily Herald
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