Angelman Syndrome, or AS, is an unusual disease to diagnose. It’s also very rare, striking only one in 30000 children, according to Colin Farrell on ‘Late Show’ (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). He said it’s often misdiagnosed as a form of cerebral palsy. But one trait in particular can point the right doctor in the right direction. “It was actually when a doctor saw how happy he was,” Farrell explained. “He was like, ‘Does he always smile this much?’” From there, they tested their child and they knew more clearly what was going on. It’s certainly an interesting situation to be in when happiness is an indicator of a deeper problem, but there are of course more telling signs, such as delayed development of fine motor skills and speech. At four years old, Farrell’s son is only just starting to walk and he doesn’t talk, but he’s happy. And for most parents, that’s the number one thing you want for your child. So, as difficult as it must be to cope with a child with AS, Farrell can’t help but feel that his son is doing well because he is so very happy.
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