Have you heard about Fragile X Syndrome?
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a genetic condition causing intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges and various physical characteristics. It is also the most common single gene cause of autism worldwide. It appears in people of all ethnic, racial and socio economic backgrounds.
Though FXS occurs in both genders, males are generally affected with greater severity. Every week in Australia one child is born who is fully affected and 20 children are born who are carriers. It is estimated that 5 per cent of people with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum disorder also have Fragile X.
July is Fragile X Awareness month with Fragile X Awareness Day being celebrated on Friday 22nd July. You can find out more by visiting the Fragile X Association of Australia website.
Please follow this link to see a recent piece on Channel 7 news featuring a past parent of the kindy, Nyleta McRae and her children who are past students of the kindy.