Smith Magenis

Social Interaction in Smith-Magenis syndrome

A study led by Dr Lucy Wilde from the University of Birmingham has found differences in how children with Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS) interact with others in comparison to children with Down syndrome.  In order to find these differences Lucy Wilde visited the schools of 10 children with Smith-Magenis syndrome and 10 children with Down syndrome and observed them for a full day.  The children with Smith-Magenis syndrome and the children with Down syndrome were a good match in terms of age.  The sequence/pattern of interactions of children SMS with adults and peers were recorded. 

It was found that individuals with Smith-Magenis syndrome show a strong preference for interacting with adults over their peers.  In addition, when children with Smith-Magenis syndrome are interacting with others this interaction appears to be less well organised in individuals with SMS in comparison to children with Down syndrome.  For example, children with Smith-Magenis syndrome attempt to initiate interaction with adults at times when interaction is not possible.

To hear Lucy discuss her research in more detail watch the short video below:



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