How is Fragile X Syndrome treated?
While there is currently no cure or single treatment for FXS, there are treatments that help with the symptoms of the condition, such as appropriate education, therapy services, and medications, particularly when used early in a child’s life to maximise their opportunities for learning and progress. However, a review found that ‘There was no robust evidence to support recommendations on pharmacological treatments in patients with fragile X syndrome either in general or in those with additional diagnosis of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder or autism’.
Living with Fragile X
Children who display external symptoms of FXS (such as signs of developmental delays or physical characteristics), or if there’s a family history of FXS, may be tested for FXS with a DNA blood test. The average age of diagnosis in boys is approximately three years of age and in girls, nearly three and a half years. If FXS is diagnosed, other members of the family can ask to be tested for the gene mutation and pre-mutation.