Fragile X Syndrome
Fragile X Syndrome is a genetically linked syndrome caused by a chromosomal abnormality on the X chromosome. Approximately 1 in 3,600 males and 1 in 4,000 to 1 in 6,000 females are diagnosed with the syndrome. (National Fragile X Foundation, 2006) People with Fragile X Syndrome tend to have similar physical characteristics including a long, narrow face, protruding ears, and hyperextensible joints. People with Fragile X Syndrome tend to often have speech delays, cognitive impairments, and difficulty with auditory processing. Some behaviors typically displayed by people with Fragile X Syndrome include inattention, lack of eye contact, perseverative speech, and hyperactivity. Individuals with Fragile X often have a wonderful sense of humor and enjoy sharing it with others.
Please refer to the U.S. National Library of Medicine for more information regarding Fragile X Syndrome.