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Technological Options for Promoting Adaptive Behaviors of Children with Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic pathology due to an excessive length of a repetitive sequence of trinucleotides (CGG) in a specific gene (FMR1), matched to FMR1 protein, which is primarily responsible for the regular brain developing and functioning. It represents one of the most usual cause of developmental disabilities with learning difficulties as consequence of intellectual, communicative and social disorders. Additionally, anxiety, hyperactivity, seizures, gaze avoidance and autism spectrum disorders are frequently described within its patterns, basically occurring in males. FXS physical characteristics usually include long and narrow visage, large ears, prominent jaws and foreheads. Stereotypic behaviors, aggression and self-injuries are equally described among this population. Accordingly, individuals with FXS may be entirely considered as affected by severe to profound developmental disabilities. One way to enable the latter persons with the independent access to positive stimulation is the use of assistive technology (AT). It refers to any technological piece, device, tool or equipment enhancing selfdetermination. Despite its large and wide use among children with developmental disabilities, few studies have been carried out on the use of AT within FXS population.



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Keywords: intellectual, communicative,social disorders

ISSN: 2332-3000

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EOI/DOI: 10.19070/2332-3000-160006e


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