Language Development in Fragile X Syndrome Study (FXLA)

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability, resulting from a mutation in the FMR1 gene on the X chromosome. Language impairments are common and often more severe than cognitive-level expectations in youth with FXS. These language impairments interfere with the acquisition of verbal skills, learning, social interaction, and adaptive functioning.

This study focuses on language development during the transition from high school into adulthood and the experiences of individuals with FXS in contexts requiring and promoting independence. We hope this information will help us suggest ways to improve teaching and therapy techniques for youth with FXS.