How does fragile X syndrome affect everyday life?
Children and adults with full mutation fragile X may have problems with memory, abstract thinking, problem solving, and planning. Social and behavior problems, difficulty with learning, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorder are common, as are anxiety and depression.
Can a child with fragile X syndrome have a normal life?
There are behavioral, physical, intellectual and mental health symptoms. Females have milder symptoms than males. FXS is not life-threatening and although there is no cure, medication and therapy can help manage the symptoms.
What does a child with fragile X look like?
But some children with Fragile X might have the following physical features: long and narrow face. prominent ears. poor muscle tone – which can cause crossed eyes or a squint, extra curve in the spine or slack face muscles (particularly in young children)
What do you need to know about fragile X syndrome?
What is Fragile X Syndrome: A Guide for Parents. Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is one of the more common known causes of intellectual disability that can run in families (inherited). FXS is caused by a change in the genetic material in each cell of the body.
What is the life expectancy of a fragile X?
Life expectancy for people with fragile X syndrome is generally normal. Many affected people participate in an active lifestyle and have good health. While the life span of people with fragile X syndrome (FXS) is typically normal, there is very little information in the medical literature about adults with FXS.
Who are the therapists for Fragile X children?
As therapists working within the Fragile X community, we have been entrusted by parents to provide state-of-the-art services to their children. We are held accountable to understand the learning style of children with FXS, and how to best teach to that style.
Why do children with Fragile X fall apart?
They may fall apart during a transition that they had no trouble dealing with the day before; they may resist a simple change in routine for no apparent reason; they may have a very successful day at school only to come home and bite or spit at Mom. These behaviors are typically not volitional or willful.
What are the specific symptoms of Fragile X syndrome?
Fragile X Syndrome Symptoms. Though the severity of symptoms differs between men and women, some common fragile X syndrome symptoms are hyperactivity, impulsivity, anxiety, mood swings, tremors, and poor coordination.
What medication is used for Fragile X syndrome?
Some children with Fragile X Syndrome benefit from medications that improve their behavioural symptoms so that they are able to learn better. Some commonly used medications include antidepressants, stimulants (such as Ritalin, used for hyperactivity) and antiseizure drugs (also used for behavioural and mood problems).
What is the diagnosis of Fragile X syndrome?
The diagnosis of Fragile X syndrome is made on a blood sample tested for analysis of the FMR1 gene. This DNA testing has been available since 1991 to detect Fragile X in normal carriers (male and female) and in affected children. This test cannot determine the degree of intellectual disability.
What is the prognosis for Fragile X?
According to research, around 44% of women and 10% of men having fragile X syndrome are able to attain a high level of independence as adults. The life expectancy of a patient with fragile X syndrome is thought to be the same as any other normal person. The prognosis also depends on the degree of the symptoms of this condition.