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dc.contributor.authorDowns, Jennepher
dc.contributor.authorParkinson, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorRanelli, Sonia
dc.contributor.authorLeonard, H.
dc.contributor.authorDiener, P.
dc.contributor.authorLotan, M.
dc.identifier.citationDowns, J. and Parkinson, S. and Ranelli, S. and Leonard, H. and Diener, P. and Lotan, M. 2014. Perspectives on hand function in girls and women with Rett syndrome. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 17 (3): pp. 210-217.

Objective: Rett syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that is usually associated with a mutation on the X-linked MECP2 gene. Hand function is particularly affected and we discuss theoretical and practical perspectives for optimising hand function in Rett syndrome. Methods: We reviewed the literature pertaining to hand function and stereotypies in Rett syndrome and developed a toolkit for their assessment and treatment. Results: There is little published information on management of hand function in Rett syndrome. We suggest assessment and treatment strategies based on available literature, clinical experience and grounded in theories of motor control and motor learning. Conclusion: Additional studies are needed to determine the best treatments for hand function in Rett syndrome. Meanwhile, clinical needs can be addressed by supplementing the evidence base with an understanding of the complexities of Rett syndrome, clinical experience, environmental enrichment animal studies and theories of motor control and motor learning.

dc.publisherInforma Healthcare
dc.subjectRett syndrome
dc.subjectHand function
dc.titlePerspectives on hand function in girls and women with Rett syndrome
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation

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curtin.departmentSchool of Physiotherapy
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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