Rett Syndrome

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Essay #: 067020
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Rett Syndrome
Rett Syndrome is a neurological malfunction of certain brain cells. It is not really autism nor epilepsy even though some activities by those who have this problem may have indications of them. “Rett syndrome is a disorder of the brain that affects around 1 in 10,000 young girls’ (“Rett Sybdrome” 2010 p. 1534). .According to one recent article (2011) about new clinical trials, Rett syndrome, occurring almost exclusively in girls, is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder causing severe cognitive, motor and language problems and autistic behaviors” (“Clinical trials” 2011, p 6). As the article goes on to explain, some other features include loss of purposeful use of the hands; repetitive, stereotyped hand movements; slowed...
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.....tt girl and answered ali of our questions. It is important to note that Rett syndrome is the only disorder on the autism spectrum with a known genetic cause; 95% of females diagnosed with Rett syndrome in the United States have a mutation of the MECP2 gene. Because of this, they made sure that we knew how rare it was to have multiple Rett girls in a family, though not unheard of.
Right now we are making sure that Riley has the best quality of life possible. She enjoys many things that average children her age do: playing at the park, going to school, playing with her puppy, Toby, and many other things. Rett females are commonly referred to as silent angels. Riley may not be verbal but she definitely has a voice. This is her story.
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