National Fragile X Awareness Day Highlights Connection to Autism

Did you know that Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited intellectual and developmental disability, is the most common single-gene cause of autism? 

FRAXA Research Foundation studies the Fragile X connection as the best key to solving autism.  As many Fragile X and autism symptoms are similar, it may be confusing for caregivers to understand getting not one, but two diagnoses. Fragile X affects both males and females, but more frequently and severely in males. While there are physical characteristics associated with the syndrome, life expectancy for those with Fragile X is not affected as there are no health concerns associated with the syndrome.

Some of the characteristics and syndromes of Fragile X include:

· Behavioral issues including aggression, hyperactivity, impulsivity and repetitive words and actions
· Flaccid muscles and coordination problems
· Common physical features include large ears, prominent jaw and forehead and flat feet.

The Fragile X gene was discovered in the early 1990s and research is underway to cure it, prevent it and treat it as well as learn more about its link to autism.

At Flatrock, we work with some residents with autism spectrum disorder, and our mission is to make sure all our care home residents live as full, independent and successful a life as possible in spite of their challenges