Rett Syndrome – Chapter 15: Rehabilitation in Rett Syndrome (ebook)


Chapter 15 РRehabilitation in Rett Syndrome

Rett syndrome (RTT) is not a degenerative condition and, therefore, the potential for functional development is difficult to measure since the expression of mutations on neurobiological mechanisms change with age. Brain immaturity in RTT provides opportunities to encourage development of new skills and maintain current function. Studies on knock out mice placed in challenging learning environments show learning and development of neural pathways. This evidence provides opportunities for intervention in enriched environments to maximize abilities and facilitate emerging skills. Females with RTT typically survive into adulthood, which requires their physicians to provide long-term care and treatment.

About the book

Among the vast body of literature that has grown around Rett syndrome, this volume is the first to be aimed at both clinicians and researchers. It presents a comprehensive overview of the disorder and examines the areas where gaps in knowledge are most significant. Rett Syndrome is intended to be a guide for both initial examination and in-depth study of the disorder. It is a practical text for the physician approaching the disorder for the first time and a valuable reference resource for the specialist or researcher.