Home Environment Affects Cognition of Children With Fragile X Syndrome

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Mar 29 – An enriched, structured home environment is even more important to the cognitive development of children with fragile X syndrome than it is to unaffected siblings, according to a report in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry.
To better understand factors that influence variations in the cognitive phenotype of fragile X syndrome, Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Friedman of Stanford University, California, and colleagues evaluated 120 families that had one child with the inherited developmental disability and another sibling without the disease. The researchers conducted 8-hour, in-home visits to assess the IQ of the parents and children and to evaluate the home environment.

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