A speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience, Theresa Bartolotta, PhD, CCC-SLP, shared her knowledge of Rett syndrome with a wide audience through her guest blog post on the website "PrAACtical AAC: Supports for Language Learning." (AAC stands for augmentative-alternative communication, an area of speech-language pathology that teaches compensatory strategies to individuals with severe communication disorders in order to enhance their natural speech abilities and functional communication skills.)
Dr. Bartolotta, an associate professor in the School of Health and Medical Sciences' Department of Speech-Language Pathology and director of assessment for academic affairs in the University's Office of the Provost, specializes in communication disorders in children with significant disabilities with a special interest in autism and Rett syndrome.
"I began working with individuals with Rett syndrome (RTT) about 15 years ago, and at that time, there was very little information available for clinicians, teachers and families regarding best practices in working with this population," she writes. In her blog post, she discusses the genetic causes, characteristics, assessment of communication, and intervention for individuals with Rett syndrome.
To read the full blog post, visit practialaac.org. Click here to learn more about the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program at the School of Health and Medical Sciences.
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