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Fragile X Syndrome Symptoms, Traits, and Treatment Options

Jul 22nd, 2023 | by Pauline Chuang

Pauline Chuang

July 22nd, 2023

What is Fragile X Syndrome?

Fragile X syndrome is an inherited genetic condition that affects a child’s development, particularly the ability to learn. This condition affects both males and females. However, females tend to have milder symptoms than males. It is estimated that Fragile X Syndrome affects about 1 in 7,000 males and about 1 in 11,000 females at birth.

What is the Cause of Fragile X Syndrome?

Fragile X syndrome is caused by a mutation in a gene called FMR1. The FMR1 gene is essential for healthy brain development and function. Individuals with pre-mutation are Fragile X carriers who do not have symptoms but may pass the mutation on to their children. Individuals with full mutations will exhibit symptoms.

What Are Some Challenges Children With Fragile X Syndrome May Face?

Please note: the severity and combination of symptoms can vary widely among individuals with Fragile X syndrome.

What Are Some Treatment Options for Fragile X Syndrome?

There is currently no cure, but early intervention and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team can help children reach their fullest potential.

About the Author

As a creative and dedicated physiotherapist, Pauline always strives to create a supportive environment for kids to develop the confidence and competence to reach their goals. She believes in making therapy fun, interactive, and individualised so that it is enjoyable and meaningful to each child. You can spot Pauline at NAPA with the biggest smile, colorful socks, and contagious enthusiasm & positivity.

About NAPA Centre 

Learn about Joubert syndrome and therapy options at NAPA Centre Paediatric therapy clinics in Austalia, UK, and US.NAPA specialises in working with children with physical and neurological delays. In addition to working with children with more common diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, NAPA has a special interest and expertise with children with rare, multiple and complex conditions. NAPA Centre’s Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) is world-renowned, and one of the leading clinics in Australia for paediatric therapy programs with a large multi-discliplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Therapists all working together. Families routinely travel from all parts of Sydney, the NSW region, from across Australia and even from the Australasian region to access NAPA’s unique and effective programs for their children.


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