Redbridge SERC

Cri du Chat Syndrome

Description

Cri du Chat Syndrome ('Cry of the cat' in French) is a genetic disorder caused by the loss or misplacement of genetic material from the fifth chromosome.

The syndrome was named after the sound that many of the babies and young children make when crying.


Fact sheets

Training / Help

Please contact the following services for help and support;

  • Newbridge Outreach
  • Physio
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and Language therapist

Videos

Screenshot for video: Cri du Chat Syndrome

Cri du Chat Syndrome

Cri du Chat awareness video

Screenshot for video: Cri du Chat Syndrome

Cri du Chat Syndrome

A general awareness syndrome

Learning Aids

Free Interactive Timetable

Available from: Free Interactive Timetable

Produced by the Down's Syndrome Association, this program can be downloaded and used to easily produce timetables with pictorial clues for young children and those with more complex difficulties. These timetables are great for sequencing simple events to aid memory…

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the educational implications for students who have Cri du Chat?
    • The student may need help with mobility
    • Provide access to fine and gross motor programmes to support coordination difficulties
    • Support dressing and care needs
    • The student may need help with eating and ensure food is cut into small pieces to ensure easier digestion
    • Most students have problems with excessive dribbling - this often requires frequent changes of clothes
    • Provide access to Makaton, symbols, visual timetables
    • Expressive skils are often delayed in comparison to comprehension.
  • What are the observable characteristics of Cri du Chat?
    • Varied levels of physical and mental disability.
    • At birth most CDC babies are small and through childhood and adolescence children tend to be lighter and shorter than the majority of children of the same age.
    • Most CDC children have problems with excessive dribbling.
    • Feeding difficulties in infancy are common, often due to poor muscle tone.
    • Speech delay can be one of the most common characteristics of the syndrome.
    • Most CDC children experience problems in motor coordination - both gross and fine motor skills

Family Resources

Net buddy- holiday information pack

Website: 
http://www.netbuddy.org.uk/info-packs/holidays/
Description

Net buddy is a great website- full of ideas, tips and specific information.

They have prepared a great Holiday factsheet that has a very comprehensive list of holidays for students who have special needs.

Cri du Chat Syndrome

Phone: 
0845 0942725.
Email: 
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Website: 
http://www.criduchat.org.uk/
Description

Great succinct advice relating to;

  • Physical features
  • Motor difficulties
  • Washing, dressing and toiletting
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Behaviour difficulties
  • Communication
  • Dribbling
  • Daily living skills

You can obtain from the site

  • Parents Handbook
  • Behaviour DVD

There is also an up to date forum where you can post or read others questions and comments.

Net buddy

Website: 
http://www.netbuddy.org.uk/
Description

Net buddy is an award winning site for swapping tips and information for all aspects of supporting children with special needs.

There are 1000's of tips neatly organised on this site.

On the day I looked there was featured resources to help hairwashing/ hair cutting to be less stressful- some great ideas on the whole site.