Case Study: Angelman Syndrome

girl with Angelman Syndrome in standing wheelchairMeet Sandra. Sandra was born with Angelman syndrome. She didn’t start walking until she was 4. At that time, she used a gait trainer and a walker with help. However, frequent seizures put Sandra at risk for falling. Intensive therapy helped Sandra walk independently, but only for a few months.

Then Sandra tried a KidWalk with a soft trunk wrap for fall prevention. Adding a vagal nerve stimulator helped reduce seizures, and Sandra finally was able to maintain independent mobility. Sandra requires dynamic systems because of low tone. She uses a ThevoTwist seating system with a rocking option and a Thomashilfen bed, which helps her sleep comfortably through the night.

Sandra is now 25. She has low bone mineral density from years of anti-seizure medicine. However, Sandra still stays active and is involved in her community. She enjoys cycling, swinging and playing with her switch toys.

Case study provided by Ginny Paleg, DScPT, MPT, PT.

child with Angelman Syndrome in therapy

This article originally appeared in the Seating & Positioning Handbook 2016-2017 issue of Mobility Management.

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