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Ive never heard this term "fragile x" before. Is it just a better way of saying retardation?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:47 AM on Oct. 8, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • The answer to your question is: No.

    If you want a good understanding of Fragile X and the conditions associated with it I highly recommend a couple of articles done in Time Magazine.

    Time Article – Fragile X: Unraveling Autism's Secrets,9171,1818268,00.html

    Time Article – A new approach to correcting autism,8599,1696451,00.html

    You Tube has a couple quality videos:
    First Down Towards a Cure

    Fragile X - Hitting the mark

    And reliable websites to learn more: - Fragile X page.

    Fragile X is a spectrum disorder, there may be little or no symptoms, typical individual, or severe symptoms.


    Answer by Sally_Nada at 1:08 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Hmm, I've never heard it before either.

    Answer by munch12502 at 10:55 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • "Fragile X is a family of genetic conditions, which can impact individuals and families in various ways. These genetic conditions are related in that they are all caused by gene changes in the same gene, called the FMR1 gene."

    Answer by beckcorc at 11:18 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • "fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common cause of inherited mental impairment. This impairment can range from learning disabilities to more severe cognitive or intellectual disabilities. (Sometimes referred to as mental retardation.) FXS is the most common known cause of autism or "autistic-like" behaviors. Symptoms also can include characteristic physical and behavioral features and delays in speech and language development. "

    Answer by beckcorc at 11:18 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Never head that. I still say 'reatard' though lol.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:00 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Retarded is an unbelievably ugly and derogatory word. My son is developmentally delayed. He has been tested for Fragile X, but it came back negative. Though to read the description, and to look at him, you'd swear he has it. I had him tested again a few weeks ago. I just don't trust that labs are always correct.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:20 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Please do not use the word retard. People with developmental delays deserve the same respect as those who are "normal". Take the time to look up the links that were provided and maybe you will start to see people with a medical condition not defective rejects.

    Answer by teamquinn at 1:40 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • I like how the person that calls people retards can't even spell it...

    Answer by MommyKKay at 6:21 PM on Oct. 9, 2009

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