Fragile X is a genetic condition that affects both boys and girls, although boys are often more severely affected. Of those with the syndrome, all boys will have a learning disability but only a third of girls. The learning disability could be mild, moderate or severe, which will affect the amount of support the person needs day-to-day.
Most people with Fragile X will need support with their speech and language, and with social and emotional interaction with others. Some people with the condition also develop epilepsy, and a small number have autism. This may also have an impact on the kind of support they need, both as a child and as an adult.
Fragile X is diagnosed by a simple blood test. It is not about a label, but getting a diagnosis will help you to get the information and support you need.
Fragile X can be diagnosed with a blood test. Because it is a genetic condition, it is possible to test individuals to find out if they are a ‘carrier’ of the gene, and could pass it on to their children. Prenatal diagnosis (before a child is born) is also possible. For any family, these tests can have a huge emotional impact across different generations, so making sure you get the right information and support at this time is vital.
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