It’s a big deal for parents that their child’s autism diagnosis is atypical, and that a genetic disorder called Rett syndrome is associated with their child.
If the child has the condition, they may experience symptoms such as social withdrawal, irritability and oppositional defiant disorder.
The diagnosis is rare and usually comes from a parent or other adult who knows the child or knows someone with the condition.
It’s also important for a diagnosis to be made before a child is placed into an institution, or even for a child to be diagnosed with Rett, which is rare in children.
The Rett spectrum disorder is characterized by deficits in language, social interaction, communication, and social understanding.
Rett’s symptoms are caused by the lack of a gene for a protein that helps regulate how cells divide.
Scientists have identified a genetic mutation in Rett and are now working on a treatment.
However, there is still no cure for the condition and there is no known cure-all for the disorder.
This article appeared in ESPN The Magazine on October 18, 2018.
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