Angelman Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability
Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes developmental delays, disabilities and neurological problems. Some of these neurological problems include difficulty walking and balancing, speaking and, in some cases, seizures.
Many people with Angelman Syndrome have excitable, happy personalities. Outbursts of laughter and frequent smiles are usual for those who have Angelman Syndrome.
Doctor Harry Angelman was the first to describe the syndrome in 1965. There were several children in his practice who had jerky movements, bouts of laughter, protruding tongues and flat heads.
Infants who are born with Angelman Syndrome appear normal at birth, but then they have feeding problems during their first months of life. There are also delays in development that are evidenced when the child is 6 to 12 months old. Seizures frequently happen when the child is between 2 and 3 years of age.
Angelman Syndrome is not an illness. It is a genetic condition. Angelman Syndrome is rare. It occurs in around 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 people.
There are several effects that Angelman Syndrome may have on your child with disability. Some of these are:
An inability to move, walk or have good balance (ataxia)
Smiling and laughter that takes place often
Lack of speech or little speech
Happy, excitable personality
Delays in development, like no crawling or babbling at 9 to 12 months of age
Trembling movements of arms and legs.
There are other effects caused by Angelman Syndrome that are not as common. These include:
Small head size
Thrusting of the tongue
Seizures that usually start between 2 and 3 years old
Jutting out of the lower jaw
Walking with arms up in the air
Jerky or stiff movements
Flatness in the back of the head
Eyes that cross
Light pigmentation in the skin, eyes and hair
Feeding problems during infancy
Attraction to and/or fascination with water.
These effects caused by Angelman Syndrome and/or conditions resulting from or along with it may be the reason for the disability of your child with disability. You may not be able to work because of having to care for your child with disability.
If this is the case, do you need help? Do you need financial help?
Have you applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits on behalf of your child with disability from the Social Security Administration? Was your child with disability denied?
If you are thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, you will need a disability lawyer like the one at disabilitycasereview.com to help and assist your child with disability in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.