Ok – totally tired today & stealing content from The National Fragile X Foundation.
Did you know?
FACT: For between 2% and 6% of all children diagnosed with autism, the cause is the Fragile X gene mutation.
FACT: Approximately one-third of all children diagnosed with fragile X syndrome also have some degree of autism.
FACT: Fragile X syndrome is the most common known single gene cause of autism.
The point? If you are even breathing the word “Autism” around your child, get him or her tested for Fragile X. Particularly if you in Canada. Why???
It took us more than 6 months to see a child development specialist doctor, who refused to diagnose Nathan with anything. It took a further 18 months to see her again. At this point, she again refused to diagnose, just called it a “global delay”. Suggested genetic testing. Took 6 months to see a Geneticist. Took 6 months, less 6 days to get the results.
And if you haven’t been counting, we asked for a referral to the doctor when Nathan was 2, sometime in 2005, saw her in May 2006, again in September 2007. Appointment with Genetics in Feb 2008, results in August 2008. That is more than 3 full years folks, to get a diagnosis of Autism in June 2008 & a negative genetics test in August 2008. That is a long time of banging your head against the wall.
Yes, our FX test was negative but I am still glad we did the test. There is promising research being done right now for a cure for Fragile X. Wouldn’t you want to know if there was a possiblity of a cure for your child? Want to help find that cure? Donate here.