The Cri du Chat syndrome (Cd CS) is a genetic disease resulting from a deletion of variable size occurring on the short arm of chromosome 5 (5p-).
The incidence ranges from ,000 to ,000 live-born infants.
Cri du Chat Syndrome, however, has a special place in my heart, which is why we have a whole page dedicated to it.
In 2001, after a fairytale pregnancy and the easy birth of my first child, I was handed some news that would take me on a very unexpected path. It meant that the short arm of chromosome 5 was damaged. Nobody could really tell me what this meant in terms of her development, but never walking or talking was on the menu, as was a heart condition and immune system weaknesses.
I had speech therapy to help but it wasn’t until I started school that I learnt how to read my speech developed quickly.
My childhood was awesome because I was involved in what my family was doing like going sailing, fishing, camping, bike riding, hiking through the bush, girl guides skiing until I gave up when I was 13 because my hips started hurting.
Here at Lifelong Literacy I’ve met many people of varying abilities over the years.
I’ve worked with people from all over the Autism Spectrum, have laughed and joked with Down’s Syndrome kids and adults as well as people with a range of other conditions along the way.This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice.Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.She can shake and nod her head for yes or no and she can sign ‘more’.She makes her feelings and desires very clear, despite her lack of verbal language.The main clinical features are a high-pitched monochromatic cry, microcephaly, broad nasal bridge, epicanthal folds, micrognathia, abnormal dermatoglyphics, and severe psychomotor and mental retardation.