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Worth Repeating: Fragile X Syndrome and Speech & Language

[Source: The ASHA Leader]
Henry is an energetic 6-year-old boy with fragile X syndrome (FXS). Physically he does not appear different from other children his age, though with a long face and fairly large ears. Henry enjoys giving hugs and singing, but when he meets new people he becomes very quiet and avoids eye contact. Transitions are stressful for Henry, so his teachers provide him with a set schedule for each day and give him ample time to prepare for new activities.
Most of Henry’s utterances are two to three words in length, with more advanced comprehension than expression. Although in single words Henry’s speech is intelligible, he talks rapidly and is quite difficult to understand in conversational speech. He has difficulty responding to questions and quickly changes the topic to something of greater interest.
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