as & The Safety Sleeper®
The Safety Sleeper® is uniquely designed to combat the balance issues, motor impairment, debilitating seizures, and disrupted sleep cycles associated with Angelman Syndrome (AS). Learn more about Angelman Syndrome and related resources for you and your family below.
Angelman Syndrome (AS)?
There are different types of testing to determine if your child has Angelman syndrome. FAST provides information for parents and individuals that do not have a working knowledge of genetics but would like to understand what tests are available and what they mean.
The life expectancy of people with Angelman syndrome is normal. Angelman syndrome itself does not cause death. However, there can be severe complications due to some of the symptoms of the syndrome, such as seizures and aspiration pneumonia. There is also the possibility of accidents due to walking and balance issues and attraction to water that can cause severe injury.
Individuals with AS will require life-long care, but can live long, happy lives.
Learn more about Angelman Syndrome on the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) website.
Common Features of Angelman Syndrome (AS)
- Frequent laughter and smiling, often with little stimulus
- Being easily excitable, often flapping the hands
- Trouble sleeping and needing less sleep than other children
- Noticeable delayed development around 6-12 months of age
- Happy demeanor, characterized by frequent laughing, smiling and excitability
- Balance issues
- Tendency to stick the tongue out
- Skin, hair and eyes that are paler than other family members
- A side-to-side curvature of the spine (scoliosis)
- Being restless (hyperactive)
- Having a short attention span
- Feeding difficulties as infants
- Often misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy
- An affinity for water
- Vision problems (strabismus; nearsightedness)
- Motor Impairment
- Typical characteristics of AS are not usually evident at birth
- Crossed eyes (strabismus)
- A wide mouth with widely spaced teeth
- Walking with arms in the air
How The Safety Sleeper® Can Help Your Child With AS
The Safety Sleeper® is uniquely designed to keep children with special needs like Angelman Syndrome safely contained in their enclosed bed. Many children with AS experience balance issues and motor impairment that make it difficult to stay in a normal bed. In addition, debilitating seizures result in additional and unpredictable movements while in bed, requiring lifted sides and padded support. The Safety Sleeper® is made with dense foam padding to ensure your child is safe inside the enclosure.
Additionally, many children with Angelman Syndrome experience trouble sleeping and less sleep than neurotypical children, which can create an additional burden on parents and siblings who also don’t get to sleep through the night. Finally get the rest you deserve with the peace of mind that The Safety Sleeper® brings.
Interview with Rose Morris and Jamee Kovacs
Mom of a child with Angelman Syndrome & proud user of The Safety Sleeper®
Resources, Publications & Information Sources
FULLY-ENCLOSED BEDS FOR ANGELMAN SYNDROME
Alleviate issues related to sleep disturbances, balance issues, and motor impairment.
200 Model - The Safety Sleeper® Special Needs Bed for Children & Adults
One side entry for independent individuals who need extra protection and don't use medical tubing or wires.CUSTOMIZE
300 Model - The Safety Sleeper® Canopy Bed for Children & Adults
One left side entry, end of bed entry, and access points for medical tubing. Designed for individuals with medical equipment.
400 Model - The Safety Sleeper® Lift-Compatible Child Medical Bed
Both side door entries, option for complete center opening, and access points for medical tubing. Compatible with lifts and canopies.CUSTOMIZE