Treatments and early intervention
Fragile X syndrome is a life-long condition, but there are effective treatments and interventions that can help a person with Fragile X to reach their full potential.
Medical professionals will advise you on management and treatment options. This will include taking a relevant history, conducting an examination, arranging further tests and assessments, providing information on behaviour management and medication options and referral to other professionals as needed. Medications can be very helpful for management of comon behavioural and emotional conditions seen in FXS such as anxiety, ADHD, obsessive compulsive behaviour and mood instability.
Early Intervention brings together a range of educational, medical and behavioural techniques and should be designed to meet the specific needs of your family member. An early intervention plan may include:
- A developmental paediatrician and/or GP who is well informed about Fragile X diagnosis.
- A psychologist with experience of working with children with disability and their families. The focus should be on a functional, practical approach to support everyday life including communication-behaviour support, social-emotional support and education and family support.
- An occupational therapist using sensory integration techniques focussing on behaviour management and learning.
- Speech and language therapists to identify communication needs and provide strategies to help your child develop their understanding and expression of information and decrease anxiety.
- A physiotherapist to help improve muscle tone, coordination and fine and gross motor skills.
- Other medical specialists include a neurologist and psychiatrist.