About Rett Syndrome
Rett syndrome is a rare non-inherited genetic neurological disorder that affects 1 in 10,000 females (and even more rarely in males) and begins to display itself in missed milestones or regression at 6-18 months. Rett syndrome leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of life: ability to speak, walk, eat and breathe easily. The hallmark of Rett syndrome is near constant repetitive hand movements while awake. Cognitive assessment in children with Rett syndrome is complicated, but we know that they understand far more than they can communicate to us, evidenced by their bright and attentive eyes, and their ability to express a wide spectrum of moods and emotions.
What is Rett Syndrome?
Rett syndrome is a rare genetic neurological disorder that leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life.
Rett Syndrome Diagnosis
Learn about diagnostic criteria for Rett syndrome and find genetic testing centers.
Because Rett syndrome is rare and infrequently diagnosed, there are many questions that parents and caregivers have about it. Read more.