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Boston Children's Hospital's Rett Syndrome Program, the only program of its kind in New England, welcomes Walter Kaufmann, MD, as its new director. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Kaufmann specializes in understanding why children with Rett Syndrome develop cognitive and behavioral problems. As founder and chair of the international RettSearch consortium, he has conducted extensive laboratory and clinical research, and will head a new phase 2 IGF-1 drug trial.
Rett syndrome is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that causes a regression (loss) of language and motor skills. The syndrome is considered one of the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), although it has many other specific features that set it apart.
Here are some of the basics of Rett syndrome:
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches Rett syndrome
In our Rett Syndrome Program at Children’s, we’re dedicated to helping children and adults, who have Rett syndrome and related conditions, develop to their full potential. We are optimistic about recent scientific developments regarding Rett syndrome, and our doctors are collaborating with researchers to translate their discoveries into meaningful treatments for children.
We bring together a team of physicians and therapists from various fields who have expertise and experience in caring for children with Rett syndrome. Our aim is to work with your child and family to choose the best combination of therapies and medication to manage your child’s symptoms and to help her learn and maximize her potential.
Rett syndrome: Reviewed by Omar Khwaja, MD, neurologist
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