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Arch Hellen Med, 35(2), March-April 2018, 188-197


Rett syndrome: Clinical recognition, communication skills and therapeutic intervention

L. Voniati,1 I. Charalambous2
1Speech and Language Therapy Program, Department of Health Sciences, European University Cyprus, Nicosia,
2Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, Department of Health Sciences, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Rett syndrome is a rare, severe neurological disorder that affects mostly girls. It usually presents in the first two years of life and is a lifelong condition. The initial development of the individual appears normal, but the symptoms can be of sudden onset or may develop and worsen very slowly. Rett syndrome symptoms include slowed growth, problems with muscles and coordination, problems with movement, trouble with breathing and communication disorders. Although currently there is no cure for Rett syndrome, certain forms of treatment can improve symptoms, including medical care and medication, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, supportive services and other forms of intervention. The treatment usually needs to be continued for the entire life of people with Rett syndrome, and they tend to develop their abilities according to their own individual resources.

Key words: Clinical recognition, Diagnosis, Rett syndrome, Therapeutic intervention.

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