FXS Intervention

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Unfortunately, there is a lack of research on academic interventions for children and adolescents with FXS (Hall et al., 2006). However, given that autism (Hatton et al., 2006), attention (Bailey et al., 2008), social anxiety (Turkstra, Abbeduto, & Meulenbroek, 2014), and intellectual disabilities (Hall et al., 2006) are comorbid with FXS, treatments for these other conditions can be helpful.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children with autism spectrum disorder will be able to receive increased services in educational settings (Hatton, et al., 2006). Teachers who educate children with autism spectrum disorder may benefit from learning the general characteristics of the disorder and evidence-based instructional strategies. Children may benefit from
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The social cognition deficits among girls may be related to a below average IQ and insufficient language development (Turkstra et al., 2014). Therefore, school interventions aimed at developing social cognition in female adolescents with FXS can be informed by interventions for those with similar IQ levels and language development. Furthermore, it appears that problem behaviors increase when children are required to be social. Thus, educational services that teach social skills may lower problem behaviors and decrease social anxiety (Hall et al., 2006). For example, it may be a practical option to use positive reinforcement to increase eye contact and encourage other elements of socialization (Hall, Maynes, & Reiss,…show more content…
Research indicates that FXS is prevalent in one in every 4,000 people (Reiss & Hall, 2007). If parents or doctors suspect FXS, genetic tests can confirm the diagnosis (Sherman et al., 2005). There is not an established medication to treat FXS; however, some medications may lower comorbid symptoms (Reiss & Hall, 2007). Individuals with FXS generally have comorbid conditions; for example, they may have attention problems, intellectual disabilities, or autism spectrum disorder (Bailey et al., 2008). Therefore, education interventions may be aimed at treated the associated factors (Hall et al.,
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