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Speech and Language Therapy for Fragile X syndrome

A high percentage of individuals with Fragile X syndrome will experience difficulties in their speech, language and communication. Individuals with Fragile X syndrome may additionally have problems with their eating, drinking and swallowing.

Children with fragile X syndrome will often present with delayed speech and language development. Speech and language therapy helps to develop and improve speech, language and communication and aims to maximise the individual's communication to their highest potential.

It is common for individuals with fragile X syndrome to have better receptive language (understanding) than expressive language. The severity and areas of speech and language affected will vary for each individual with fragile X syndrome.

The speech and language therapist will carry out an initial assessment which will determine the type and severity of the speech, language or communication difficulties the individual is experiencing. An initial assessment will also help to decide on an appropriate treatment plan.

Speech and language therapy will offer an individualised therapy programme tailored to the individual's specific needs and abilities.

Speech and language therapy may work on the following areas of speech and language when treating individual's with fragile X syndrome:

  • Speech
  • Expressive language (spoken and written)
  • Receptive language (understanding)
  • Social communication
  • Attention and listening
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing
  • Alternative ways of communicating

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