Rett University Launches New Courses on Building Social Communication for Rett Syndrome Students

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - Jan. 27, 2016 - PRLog -- Rett University, an international e-learning platform designed for educators, therapists and families of Rett Syndrome recently launched two new online courses focused on assisting Rett Syndrome students with building social communication and language. Both courses, taught by Susan Norwell, are aimed at helping set the foundation of the importance of providing access for students with Rett Syndrome to socially communicate, retell stories and share their experiences. Individual course details include:

Creating Social Conversations: Talking Photo Album: teaches how to make and use a talking photo album for an individual with Rett Syndrome so they can create easy access to social conversations, memories, stories, etc.

Building Social Communication: From Story Co-Construction to Narratives: teaches the foundation, research and basics of creating narratives and how to edit and use story page sets to expand upon social communication.

Both courses include rich video examples and downloadable page sets for Tobii Communicator 4 and 5 as well as for the GoTalkNow iPad app.

"Building social communication is developmentally critical for everyone as we learn language and how to communicate. It is especially important as a way to provide access for students with Rett Syndrome to share and talk about their experiences and memories,” says Susan Norwell, Rett University co-founder and world-renowned Rett Syndrome specialist. “This marks courses 7 and 8 for us at Rett University and builds our ever expanding catalog of courses available for educators, therapists and families."

About Rett Syndrome
Rett Syndrome is a severe neurological disorder that almost exclusively affects females. Every 90 minutes another little girl is born "normal," only to be robbed of her ability to speak, walk, crawl, and use her hands between the ages of 1 and 3. Complications include seizures, sudden death in their sleep and scoliosis.

Rett Syndrome is caused by a single spontaneous gene mutation that any baby girl has an equal chance of acquiring.  It is considered one of the most physically disabling neurological disorders and is as prevalent as Cystic Fibrosis, ALS and Huntington's Disease. There is no treatment, but in 2007 researchers proved in the lab that Rett Syndrome can be reversed, giving it the potential to be the first curable neurological disorder and playing a key role in understanding other neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's.

About Rett University
Rett University is an international e-learning platform designed for educators, therapists and families of Rett Syndrome students that allows experienced professionals to share cutting-edge knowledge on how to support and teach Rett Syndrome individuals.

Rett University is co-founded by Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome, and Susan Norwell, a world renowned Rett Syndrome education and communication specialist.  For further information, visit and

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