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dylanandlukesmum Message
20 Feb 2011, 04:26 PM

Hi! My son shows all clinical symptoms - that is except for seizures and severe ataxic walking. He is only 2. We are currently waiting for the confirmation of his diagnostic tests, but I was wondering - are all kids with AS _unable_ to walk? He is ataxic with wide-spaced gait and arms up; but that is when he is trying to control his gait. I'm just wondering if there is such a thing as a child with AS who can walk unassisted. Thanks!
kiwimum Message
6 Nov 2011, 12:08 AM

Hi fellow angel mum, MANY angelman children ARE able to walk , in fact some can even jump and run. Those that struggle with walking do so for many different reasons, eg. balance issues, muscular tension/looseness, and also sometimes problems with vision/depth perception. Very few dont walk at all. 2 is still very young, as many AS kids continue to learn to walk till as late at 6. Has your son crawled yet? There is a great international listserve/forum for the angelman community where many more folk can respond to your questions on a daily basis. My son is 15 years old and is one of the few who has skeletal issues - so he has had 2 orthotic operations, to help improve his gait. Hope this helps.