Rett Syndrome

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Rett Syndrome

Rett Syndrome is a unique postnatal neurological disorder that is first recognized in infancy and seen almost always in girls, can rarely be seen in boys.

What is it?

It occurs worldwide in 1 of 10,000 female births. It is not a degenerative disorder. It causes problems in brain function that is responsible for cognitive, sensory, sensations, mood, movement, breathing, cardiac function, chewing, swallowing and digestion.


Modifications &Accommodations

Students will need to present what they know by using technology and/or signals rather than through writing.

Allow time for student-teacher interaction throughout lessons. She needs attentive teachers that will praise, motivate and set goals with them.

Information may need to be spread out over the course of a few days and/or may need to be provided with more repetition and practice.

Rett Syndrome is caused by mutations on the X chromosome on a gene called MECP2.  There are more than 200 different mutations found on the gene.

Video: Esme with Rett Syndrome

Characteristics:Slowed growthLoss of normal movement coordinationLoss of communication abilitiesAbnormal hand movementsUnusual eye movementsBreathing problemsAgitation and irritabilitySeizuresIrregular heartbeatThere are four stages

She could receive shortened lessons/assignments. She takes longer to perform certain tasks so her workload should be modified to fit her place.

Rett Syndrome

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