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Gross motor ability in Rett syndrome – the power of expectation, motivation and planning

      Abstract

      A main task for the physiotherapist at the Swedish Rett Center is to document and report successful treatment. This report shows the possibility to regain function, get variation and avoid contractures for several years. A thorough neurologic, orthopaedic and physiotherapeutic assessment and analysis is essential. We stress the importance of keeping the feet in good position, using surgery and well fitting orthoses when needed, making standing possible and for some persons, walking. For the effect of treatment the following factors were of vital importance: the expectations of the persons treating the girl/woman – what they believed she could do, the motivation of the girl/woman herself, a joint plan for intervention including everyone involved, and well educated personnel, well informed about Rett syndrome – its problems and possibilities.

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