What Is Rett Syndrome?

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  • Neurological disorder
  • Affects girls almost exclusively
  • Normal early growth
  • Regression by age 2
  • Loss of purposeful hand use
  • Distinctive hand movements
  • Slowed brain growth
  • Slowed head growth
  • Unsteady walking
  • Seizures
  • Intellectual disability
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Diminished eye contact
  • Compulsive hand movements
  • Severe loss of motor functions
  • Lack of speech
  • Walking on toes
  • Teeth grinding
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Slowed growth
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Breath holding
  • Sleep difficulties

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