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Volume 7 (2007), Pages 698-714
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2007.4
Review Article

Alternative Therapeutic Intervention for Individuals with Rett Syndrome

1Israeli Rett Center, National Evaluation Team, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, Ramat Gan, Israel
2Department of Physical Therapy, Academic College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel, Israel

Received 29 July 2006; Revised 8 August 2006; Accepted 9 August 2006

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2007 Meir Lotan.

Abstract

The individual with Rett syndrome (RS) displays an array of challenging difficulties in all areas of daily living. Since there is no cure for the disorder at this moment, parents of the individual with Rett search for different interventional modalities that will improve the condition and quality of life for their child. During the last few years, many individuals with RS have experienced different kinds of interventions. This paper presents these methods with relevant case stories for others to share the possibilities. This paper reviews the following interventions: animal-assisted therapy, such as dolphin therapy and dog-assisted therapy; auditory integration training; hyperbaric chamber; manual therapy, such as acupuncture/acupressure, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, Mayo facial release, Treager massage, chiropractor, and Reiki; mental modification techniques, such as Lovas and cognitive rehabilitation; motoric interventions, such as advanced biomechanical rehabilitation, patterning/Doman-DeLacato approach, and yoga. The present paper is not a recommendation for any of the above-mentioned techniques, but merely a review of different interventions available for the inquisitive parent of the individual with RS.