Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Conductive Environment: Does It Enhance Function of Children with Rett Syndrome? a Pilot Study

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Conductive Environment: Does It Enhance Function of Children with Rett Syndrome? a Pilot Study

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Overview: Children with Rett syndrome (RTT) present limitations in motor, communication and social function. Evidence suggests that environmental stimulation can enhance skills and therefore, intense programs could be justified for this population. Conductive Education (CE) is an educational system providing opportunities for the learning and practice of functional skills that has not been explored in regards to children with RTT.

Materials and methods: Three girls diagnosed with RTT ages 3-5 years old, participated in this study. A single subject, AB design was applied, and data were analyzed graphically and by "Effect Size" calculations. All participants were evaluated for changes in performance of functional abilities in domains of self-care, mobility and social function (PEDI); hand function (AussieRett Hand Function Scale); motor ability (Motor assessment scale and AussieRett Gross Motor Assessment); and communication skills (The PreSchool AAC checklist).

Results: Improvements were found in both motor ability assessments in all three participants. Using the PEDI scale, some improvement in mobility functional skills and in social functional skills were found. …

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