Kids with Fragile X Syndrome can benefit from good parenting


2017-02-16 06:54

Researchers say the development of kids with Fragile X Syndrome is affected by parenting.

According to the National Fragile X Foundation, Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is associated with intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges and many types of physical characteristics due to a genetic condition. Researchers say that children with this condition can benefit greatly from good parenting.

The development of kids with Fragile X syndrome is markedly affected by parenting

The University of Kansas, Life Span Institute reports that the development of kids with Fragile X Syndrome is markedly affected by parenting. The researchers have found that the development of communication and language skills in these kids is strongly associated with specific types of parenting practices. These same behaviors of parents are also associated with development of socialization and skills of daily living in these kids.

The manifestation of FXS is determined by a dynamic interaction between biology, behavior and the environment

The leading genetic cause of autism and other intellectual disabilities has been reported to be Fragile X Syndrome. However as highlighted by Steven Warren, a distinguished professor of speech-language-hearing: science & disorders, it has become apparent that the manifestation of FXS is not just determined by biology. This is ultimately attributed to the dynamic interaction which occurs over the course of time between biology, behavior and the environment.

There is a dynamic role for parenting associated with human development

Nancy Brady, an associate professor of speech-language-hearing: science & disorders, has said that it has been observed that a mother's behaviors such as responding to communication, including nonverbal communication, has significant implications on the development of the child with FXS. It has become clear that there is a dynamic role for parenting associated with human development in association with biology and other forces in the environment.

This study has been published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Researchers have explored the effects of parenting on adaptive behavior in kids with FXS. Good parenting seems to significantly benefit the development of these kids. This offers support for a humanistic approach to understanding human development in kids both with and without FXS.

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