Is hyperactivity common in Angelman syndrome?
Hyperactivity is extremely common in children with Angelman syndrome. Children with Angelman syndrome have difficulty staying still and are often constantly in motion. Other behaviors, such as hyper-excitability and hand-flapping, appear to decrease with age. In childhood, impulse control, and unwanted behaviors such as grabbing, pinching and biting may be an issue, however behavior modification therapy can be helpful in these situations. Most children with Angelman syndrome do not require medication for their hyperactivity, however some children may benefit from this. Along with hyperactivity, a short attention span is quite common, however, this may also improve with age.