101237: Rett Syndrome

Autism Research at the NICHD

About the Course:

The 12-page fact sheet upon which this course is based describes Rett syndrome, a condition recognized as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The fact sheet explains the symptoms of Rett syndrome, which affects mostly females, its stages, and its treatments. The publication also describes NICHD-supported research on Rett syndrome.


National Institutes of Health, HHS

Publication Date:

April 2006



Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers and nurses who seek knowledge about Rett syndrome. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify what is currently known about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of Rett syndrome.

  2. Explain the phases typical to the course of Rett syndrome onset and progression.

  3. Assess the findings emerging from continuing research on Rett syndrome.

  4. Define terms used in this course and identify sources of additional information regarding Rett syndrome.

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