Rett's Disorder Treatment

(Also Known As: Retts Disorder Treatment, Rett's Treatment, Retts Treatment, Autism Treatment, Pervasive Development Disorder Treatment, Mental Retardation Treatment, Neurological Disorder Treatment)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the treatments available for Rett’s Disorder?

Currently, there is no specific cure for Rett’s disorder and all treatments are symptomatic. Physiotherapy has been beneficial for muscular dysfunction while anticonvulsant treatment is usually given for seizure control. Behavior therapy combined with medication may help control self-marring behaviors similar in treatment of autistic disorder. Also, it may help in regulating breathing difficulties. 9

Since Rett’s syndrome often leads to the development of severe mental retardation, psychotherapy will prove no beneficial effects for patients. On the other hand, the U. S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is presently conducting research studies of psychosocial approaches to treatment of Rett's and other PDDs as well as studies of medications given for these disorders. 10

Other scientific investigations have also shown that restoring MECP2 function may lead to a cure. Research has been made in the use of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which has been shown to partially reverse symptoms in MeCP2 mutant mice. The treatment works because the neuronal cells have not atrophied, but rather are in an immature state. However, this particular method is still under further studies and stronger evidence is needed to ascertain its beneficial effects on human cases. 11

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Asperger's Syndrome – autism, delayed development in motor, communication and social skills, cognitive impairment, clumsiness
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Childhood Disintegrative Disorder - late onset of delayed development, impaired social, motor and communication skills
Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS - delayed development in social, communication and motor skills