Rett’s Syndrome

Rett’s Syndrome is also known as Rett Disorder and is diagnosed mostly in girls. The development in children with Rett’s Syndrome proceeds in an apparently normal fashion during the first 6 to 18 months of their lives. At that point parents notice a change in their child’s behavior and some regression or loss of abilities, especially in motor skills such as walking. This is followed by an obvious loss in abilities such as speech, reasoning, and hand use. The repetition of certain meaningless gestures or movements is an important clue to diagnosing Rett’s Disorder; these gestures typically consist of constant hand-wringing or hand-washing (Moeschler, Gibbs, and Graham 1990)