Genetic counselling can involve the diagnosis of a genetic disorder and information and supportive counselling by a team of health professionals, so that families and individuals can better understand a diagnosis.
Follow-up counselling is available to ensure on-going support, review previous information or to answer new questions as they arise. (taken from the www.genetics.com.au website)
When should Genetic Counselling take place?
People should have genetic counselling whenever there is a positive result from a DNA test for Fragile X.
The general lack of knowledge of the syndrome can add to the feelings of distress which can accompany the diagnosis of a genetic condition.
Genetic counselling makes clear the opportunities open to couples for family planning and helps to explain the effect the diagnosis may have for the immediate and extended family.
For more information the Centre for Genetic Education (www.genetics.com.au) is an informative website with information on genetic counselling and education including fact sheets regarding the various aspects of genetic services which are available for download. It also lists all the genetic services in Australia.