ERIC Number: EJ869386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Treatments for Fragile X Syndrome: A Closer Look at the Data
Hall, Scott S.
Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, v15 n4 p353-360 2009
Research into the determinants and developmental course of fragile X syndrome (FXS) has made remarkable progress over the last 25 years. However, treatments to ameliorate the symptoms of FXS have been less forthcoming. While there is optimism in the field that the pace of intervention research is quickening, there has been a bias toward psychopharmacological approaches to treatment. A closer look at the data from those investigations reveals a paucity of evidence that medications can improve intellectual and adaptive functioning in FXS, or decrease associated behavioral and/or emotional issues. Work in other related disorders (e.g., autism) has shown that dramatic improvements in intellectual and adaptive functioning, as well as behavioral and emotional problems, can occur if intensive behavioral treatment is begun early in the child's life. It is hoped that future research efforts will evaluate these intensive early intervention strategies in children with FXS, perhaps in combination with pharmacological approaches.
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Mental Retardation, Research, Drug Therapy, Behavior Modification, Early Intervention, Children
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