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What is Fragile X Syndrome?

Fragile X Awareness Day

Fragile X Awareness Day

Kids Are Kids! came together, wearing their yellow ribbons recently for Fragile X Awareness Day. Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a genetic condition causing intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges and various physical characteristics. It is also the most common single gene cause of autism worldwide. It appears in people of all ethnic, racial and socio economic backgrounds.

Though FXS occurs in both genders, males are generally affected with greater severity. Every week in Australia one child is born who is fully affected and 20 children are born who are carriers. It is estimated that 5 per cent of people with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum disorder also have Fragile X.

Although there is currently no cure, early intervention by health and educational professionals can assist people living with Fragile X to reach their full potential.

The team work hard to raise awareness of FXS and help a family close to their hearts, The Goss family, who’s two boys aged 3 and 4 have FXS. Through intensive early intervention with the help of Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Clinical Psychology some characteristics of FXS can be helped. To find out how we can help your child with FXS please call us on 9313 6566.

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