Living with Angelman Syndrome

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Mieke Alsemgeest

The cute little girl in the photo may seem normal, and for us she is.  However, she was born with a rare genetic disorder, called Angelman Syndrome which affects around 1 in 20 000 births. The symptoms of Angelman Syndrome include delayed development, speech impairment, intellectual disability, and problems with movement and balance. Most affected children also have epileptic seizures epilepsy and a small head size - the back of the head is also flat. Despite all these setbacks, Mieke is a very happy and loving little girl and brings so much love and joy to everyone she comes into contact with. 

To aid in her development, she goes to an occupational therapist, does equine therapy, and has swimming lessons. She is also in a school for children with special needs.