While there is no specific treatment available for cri du chat syndrome, early intervention is recommended in the areas of physical therapy (achieving physical and motor milestones such as sitting and standing up), communication (speech therapy, sign language instruction), behavioral modification (for hyperactivity, short attention span, aggression), and learning (special education). Because symptoms may vary from individual to individual, we recommend discussing these options with a health care professional to develop a personalized plan for therapy.
Last updated: 5/6/2011
What are new or experimental treatment options for cri du chat syndrome?
Research into new treatment options for this condition has focused on therapy rather than new drugs. A recent study described using a visual-motor coordination computerized training program. This computer program improved hand-eye coordination in a seven-year-old girl with cri du chat syndrome. Families may also consider extending speech therapy and teaching sign language, as recent studies show that an individual with cri du chat can continue to develop his or her verbal IQ until about age 10. Improved communication skills may help improve behavioral symptoms as well.
For more information on therapies for this condition, we suggest that you contact the 5p- Society, a US-based nonprofit parent support group for families with cri du chat syndrome (also known as 5p minus). The website below has the contact information of their professional advisory board, members of which may be able to tell you more about specific therapies.
Pizzamiglio MR, Nasti M, Piccardi L, Vitturini C, Morelli D, Guariglia C. Visual-motor coordination computerized training improves the visuo-spatial performance in a child affected by Cri-du-Chat syndrome. Int J Rehabil Res. 2008; 31(2):151-154. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18467929. Accessed 5/6/2011.