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Angelman Syndrome

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Love, V., Richters, L., Didden, R., Korzilius, H., & Machalicek, W. (2012). Sibling relationships in individuals with Angelman syndrome: A comparative study. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(2), 84-90. This comparative study investigates the impact of Angelman syndrome on the sibling relationship where relationships were compared on four factors: warmth/closeness, conflict, rivalry and dominance/nurturance, and 16 sub-scales of the Sibling Relationship Questionnaire-Revised. As a result there was a significant difference in mean scores on each of the four factors and most of the sub-scales. Children who had a sibling with AS experienced significantly less pro-social behaviour, antagonism, competition and quarrelling in their sibling relationship than children who have a typically-developing sibling. They also have less similarity and intimacy with their sibling with AS and experience more paternal and maternal partiality than children from the control group. This research concludes that having a brother or sister with Angelman Syndrome may influence the way in which the sibling perceives the sibling relationship. This may have important implications for family-centred intervention for this population.

Martin, J. H., Reichle, J., Dimian, A., Mo, C., Schuele, C. M., & Binger, C. (2013). Communication Modality Sampling for a Toddler With Angelman Syndrome. Language, Speech & Hearing Services In Schools, 44(4), 327-336. The purpose of this research was to find out the most efficiently learned communication mode to emphasize in an initial augmentative communication system. Vocal, gestural and graphic communication modes were used to represent preferred objects to a toddler with an Angelman Syndrome. As a result, when comparing graphic and gestural mode performances, the learner most accurately produced requests in graphic mode. A comparison between vocal and the other two communication modes was not made, given the lack of success in prompting vocal productions.

Raadstaake, M., Didden, R., Oliver, C., Allen, D., & Curfs, L. (2012). Functional analysis and functional communication training in individuals with Angelman syndrome. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(2), 91-104. The purpose of this research is to assess the functions of challenging behavior in 4 children with Angelman syndrome and to study the effects of functional communication training with precursor-based prompting. Results show challenging behaviour to be aimed at receiving attention, tangibles or escape. Burst analysis designated physical and eye contact and reaching for tangibles as precursors. Effects of Functional Communication Training ranged from small to large meaning that it was effective in reducing its frequency, when precursors were used as the onset of prompting. Between challenging and communicative behavior the functional equivalence was found.

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