Stimulating Motor Coordination in Rett Syndrome Through Music

  • Alessandro AntoniettiEmail author
  • Barbara Colombo
  • Braelyn R. DeRocher


In the case of Rett syndrome, among the variety of possible goals that can be reached thanks to music-based interventions (associated to the different pathological manifestations of the syndrome), motor coordination has been chosen as one of the critical deficits characterizing the disorder. Literature supporting the benefits of musical activities when working with Rett syndrome patients are summarized and reasons highlighting why music might be particularly effective in this fields are discussed. An intensive training program implemented with a girl affected by Rett syndrome is described in detail and some activities carried out during the intervention are also exemplified.


Rett syndrome Music therapy Intervention Motor skills 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Antonietti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara Colombo
    • 2
  • Braelyn R. DeRocher
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCatholic University of the Sacred HeartMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Division of Education and Human StudiesChamplain CollegeBurlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Division of Education and Human StudiesChamplain CollegeBurlingtonUSA

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