Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Regaining Walking Ability in Individuals with Rett Syndrome: A Case Study

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Regaining Walking Ability in Individuals with Rett Syndrome: A Case Study

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Rett syndrome (RTT) is a genetic disorder affecting mainly females. According to different studies only 50-75% of all affected females will achieve walking ability, and some will lose this ability later in life. Since life expectancy of individuals with RS is considered at around 50 years of age, and due to the medical and functional difficulties accompanying this syndrome, it is extremely important that the person with RTT will be engaged in an ongoing active life style from a young age to adulthood. In addition to the achievements of gait in childhood, there are a few case studies describing the re-gaining of lost walking ability in this population as a result of an intensive intervention.

The present project: describes a person with RTT that regained walking ability at the age of 28 due to an intensive intervention program, after being in a wheelchair for a period of over 5 years.

Significance: This case, as well as other of similar nature, challenge stage IV of RTT as the final outcome of RTT, and suggests that therapists working with this population should not give up on the individual after she loses her walking ability. …

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