The goal of this study is to evaluate how children with RTT process visual and auditory stimuli. More specifically this study aims to:
- To modify a standard cognitive assessment for non-verbal children with limited hand function using an eye-gaze communication system (TOBII). You will receive a report of her assessment after the visit.
- For the EEG portion, your child will wear a novel type of EEG cap (like a stretchy hair net with small sensors) on her head while she watches videos and listens to sounds.
Eligibility for Study Participation
- Must have a clinical diagnosis of Rett syndrome (“classic” or “variant”)
- Have a MECP2 mutation
- Be currently in (or just before/after) regression
- Exposed to English at home
The study will take place on two consecutive days, lasting about 2.5 hours each day. This study uses measures of EEG and eye-tracking.
**The study will pay for travel, hotels, parking and food expenses for you and your child related to our research.
Your child does not need to be seen in the Rett syndrome clinic at BCH in order to participate in this study. If you are interested in scheduling a clinic visit for your child, please let us know and we will connect you with the clinic administrator and can coordinate these visits.
LCNclinicalstudies@childrens.harvard.edu (Nelson Laboratory)