Families and Fragile X Syndrome

About the Course:

The booklet used as the basis of this course is intended for parents and families, as well as professionals who work with families dealing with Fragile X syndrome. It describes Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of mental retardation. The booklet explains Fragile X, its causes, its symptoms and associated disorders, and its treatments and outlines some NICHD-supported research on the condition. The booklet also provides snapshots of many families affected by this disorder.


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, DHHS.

Publication Date:



Neuwirth, Sharyn

About the Author:

NICHD Staff. Booklet is based on a manuscript by Ms. Neuwirth.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers and nurses who seek knowledge about Fragile X syndrome – the most common form of inherited mental retardation. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the causes, signs, and symptoms of Fragile X syndrome.

  2. Identify treatment options for children and adults with Fragile X syndrome.

  3. Assess the material presented relating to developing treatments and gathering additional information about Fragile X syndrome.

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