Understanding Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common known cause of inherited intellectual disability and the most common known single gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.

Facts about Fragile X Syndrome

  • Fragile X Syndrome is an inherited, life-long condition
  • People with Fragile x Syndrome have intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges, as well as certain physical characteristics
  • Depending on how an individual’s FMR1 gene has been changed by Fragile X Syndrome depends whether they show symptoms of Fragile X or are carriers with no symptoms
  • Fragile X Syndrome occurs in both males and females but females generally have milder symptoms than males
  • Fragile X Syndrome is the leading known genetic cause of autism

What are the symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome?

    People living with Fragile X Syndrome experience the effects throughout their lifetime. These effects will vary from person to person and may include:

    • Intellectual and learning disability
    • Speech delay or minimal speech
    • Fine and gross motor delay, coordination difficulties
    • Low muscle tone
    • Anxiety, hyperarousal, ADHD, depression
    • Autistic-like behaviours
    • Aversion to touch, loud noises, bright lights & strong smells
    • Avoidance of eye contact
    • Mood instability

    This information has been provided to us by the Fragile X Association.

    How can CPL help?

    No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

    For more information about how we can support you with Fragile X Syndrome, visit our services page, call us on 1800 961 870 or send an online enquiry