Education and work options
There are a range of education and work options available for people with FXS when they leave school. These include open employment, supported employment and further education at TAFE or university.
Adults with FXS may be supported in employment through job placement networks or specialist disability services.
It is important to recognise the strengths of the person with FXS and adapt the environment to meet their needs. Structure and predictability in the workplace and education helps to reduce the level of anxiety.
People with FXS generally prefer work that is:
- predictable, with a set routine
- consistency from other staff or co-workers
- consistent job coaching
- out-door or not constrained work environment
- quiet environment with limited sensory input
- non-sequential work tasks
- small group environment with social contact available
- opportunities and space to step away and calm down
- non-verbal/visual instructions
People with FXS generally prefer work where there is limited requirement for verbal interaction. Managing money and time can also be difficult.
Most people require a work environment that provides structure and predictability. Work schedules that are concrete and specific help to reduce anxiety. Some people enjoy tasks with steps that allow them to move from one part to another and complete a process.
The following leaflet might be helpful for employers and people with Fragile X in employment.