Music therapy for individuals with Rett syndrome

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Rett syndrome is an X-linked genetic disorder affecting mainly females. Music has been found as a motivating medium for individuals with Rett syndrome (RS) and was recommended as a supportive intervention by Andreas Rett. Music therapy evokes positive responses in girls and adults with RS. Music promotes and motivates their desire to interact and communicate with their surroundings, as well as develops their cognitive, affective, sensori-motor, and physical skills. As most individuals with RS do not have verbal communication, music can function as a mean for self expression and as a form of communication with their surrounding. This article is an amalgamation of the existing literature on music therapy for individuals with Rett syndrome shared with 20 years clinical experience with this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-368
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Rett syndrome
  • communication
  • music therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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