Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic disorder and is the most common form of inherited intellectual and developmental disability. It is estimated to affect 1 in 4,000 males and 1 in 8,000 females. Characteristics include learning disorders, sensory issues, speech and language and attention disorders.
Learning challenges include, difficulty in processing information, understanding concepts, poor abstract thinking and cognitive delays. The following sites provide information on teaching students with Fragile X Syndrome.
Best Practice in Educational, Strategies and Curricula (National Fragile X Foundation)
Education Planning for Fragile X Syndrome for Patients (UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg)
Fragile X in the Classroom (TeAchnology)
Fragile X Syndrome Teaching Strategies and Resources (Teacher’s Gateway to Special Education)
General Educational Guidelines for Students with Fragile X Syndrome (National Fragile X Foundation)
Student Teaching Tips: Helping your students with Fragile X (Magoosh)
Strategies for Learning and Teaching (National Council for Special Education)
Published by: Fragile X News Today
Written by: Vijaya Iyer
Social anxiety and autistic traits are prevalent in males with fragile X syndrome and these behaviors overlap with those observed in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) without a known genetic syndrome, a study reports.
The overlap of traits between the two clinical subgroups makes their measurement extremely challenging, researchers said.
The study, “Biobehavioral composite of social aspects of anxiety in young adults with fragile X syndrome contrasted to autism spectrum disorder,” was published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics. Click here to read the rest of the story
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- It is a genetic condition
- Males are more affected than females
- Seizures occur in about 15% of males and 5% of females
- 1/3 individuals have similar characteristics of autism
- Features may include long and narrow face. large ears prominent jaw and flat feet
- Fragile X occurs in approximately 1 in 4,000 males and 1 in 8,000 females
- Symptoms oftn often include mild to moderate intellectual disability
- Child with Fragile X tend to have short attention span
- Self-talk is common using different tones and pitches
- In 1969, Herbert Lubs first discovered an unusual markers X chromosome in association with an intellectual disability.
- In 1970, Frederick Hecht coined the term Fragile site
- In 1985 Felix F. De La Cruz outlined physical. psychological, characteristics of those
- It is inherited
- Early signs may include developmental delays such as late developmental in sitting, walking, etc.
- In 1943, James, Purdon Martin and Julia Bell described a pedigree of the x-linked mental disability
- Fragile X is caused by a mutation in a single gene.
- Fragile X is also called Martin-Bell Syndrome
- Fragile X Syndrome has been found in all major ethnic groups and races
- Fragile x is the most common form of inherited developmental disability
- Fragile X is often mis-diagnosed
- It is formally named Martin-Bell
- It was first discovered in 1943
- It is found in all races and socio-economic levels
- It varies from borderline to severe
- Diagnosis of Fragile X is due through DNA test and genetic counseling
- Fragile X changes can occur from one generation to the next
- Fragile X is inherited through the mother