The conductive environment enhances gross motor function of girls with Rett syndrome. A pilot study

Meir Lotan, Rony Schenker, Judy Wine, Jenny Downs

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Abstract

Introduction: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurological disorder usually associated with a mutation in the MECP2 gene. Conductive Education (CE) is an educational approach that has not yet been explored with regard to children with RTT. Objective: Assessing functional abilities of individuals with RTT due to CE intervention. Design: A single subject, AB design. Method: This study assessed the functional skills of three girls with RTT aged 35 years before and during participation in a CE programme. Results: Gross motor function improvements were observed at the end of the intervention period. Gross motor skills declined slightly in all participants over the summer holidays but improved again a few months after recommencement of the educational year. Conclusion: Replication of this study with more subjects is justified as is comparison with other educational methods. A home intervention programme should be constructed to prevent decline of skills over the summer vacation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Conductive education
  • Functional abilities
  • Petö
  • Rett syndrome

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