Although Rett’s Syndrome is felt by some as not belonging under the Autism Spectrum, Autism Speaks Canada and the National Institute of Health, US recognize is as a component fitting the over all diagnosis criteria. It is a condition occurring much less often than other forms of autism, 1:10,000 –mainly girls.
A number of characteristics occurring that follow those of autism include: walking on the toes, lack of eye contact and social interaction, weakened muscle tone. Different from autism spectrum disorders include: development of the condition normally develop and then they seem to cease., hand movements are clearly attributed to Rett’s. With autism, children often flap their hands to express themselves. With Rett’s have movement characteristic of wringing, squeezing and clasping. Theses movements seem unable to cease. The digression can quickly progress; one minute the individual is crawling and having control of the feet and next they are regressing little by little. Seizures often accompany Rett’s and the head is unbalanced, small than the rest of the body.
Autism treatment for Rett’s are much like that of individuals with autism,. Physical therapy addresses uncontrolled movement, speech therapy to improve communication, sensory integration to assist in experiencing the environment. Autism therapy dogs assist the child to have some social interaction, as the interaction is not prescribed, but self-driven. Autism therapy with animals may also assist in strengthening of muscle tone as the individual moves to interact with the animal.
Unlike other conditions on the autism spectrum, individuals with Rett’s have a shorter life; a number of children live into middle age.