Fragile X Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in approximately 1 out of every 10, 000 births, and it’s very possible that you might never have heard of before, but there’s good reason why you should get to know the condition.
This is especially true if you happen to be a teacher, professional caregiver or nurse who works with children who might have the syndrome in a professional environment; the same is true if you are a parent, and have any potential family history of Fragile X syndrome somewhere in your family tree.
There’s no cure for the condition, but with the right approach it can be successfully managed with a quality of life that’s as close to normal as possible; a doctor can make the best recommendations for lifestyle adaptations.
Here are 8 possible symptoms of Fragile X syndrome that you should be on the lookout for.
1. Symptoms of Autism
Even though autism is considered to be a separate condition by itself, it can often be seen accompanying cases of Fragile X syndrome. Many people who are diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome are often on the autism spectrum too, which means that they have autism of some or other sort measured on the official scale – on this scale, certain forms of autism are different to (or more severe than) others.
Autism is characterized by social behavior, and people who are on the autism spectrum often do not naturally respond to social cues and situations in the same way that everyone does – and this might be perceived as strange or abrasive by anyone else, but is actually just another manifesting symptom of autism that a lot of cases share.
In addition to this, people on the spectrum also tend to display fixating interest in their hobbies or a certain chosen subject.