Behavioral correlates in the happy puppet syndrome: A characteristic profile?

J. H. Hersh, A. S. Bloom, A. W. Zimmerman, N. D. Dinno, R. M. Greenstein, B. Weisskopf, A. H. Reese

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Nine children with the 'happy puppet' syndrome are presented here and 19 previously reported cases are reviewed. A characteristic psychological profile is suggested by the children's 'unfocused' activities and inconsistent responsiveness to their surrondings. Behavioral characteristics are atypical for mental age and do not appear to represent unusual seizure equivalents. Recognition of such non-adaptive behavior may be of importance in selecting specific treatment and management techniques to modify the characteristics of this syndrome at an early age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-800
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • General Neuroscience


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