The opinion of the global scientific, education and therapy communities has changed considerably over the last years. It had previously been assumed that people living with Rett Syndrome had very low levels of cognitive ability.
However, In 2011 eyetracking research using showed that girls with Rett Syndrome had been underestimated in their processing and cognitive ability.
The concept of presumed competence has a positive effect on both the individual living with Rett Syndrome, the families and the therapy teams. We now know that surrounding someone in a language rich environment leads to increased use of AAC, families engaged in their children’s education and progression into literacy activities for many.