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Saint Xavier hosts third annual Fragile X seminar

Experts to address a range of issues on syndrome

Chicago (Oct. 2, 2006) – Experts from across the country will address issues confronting parents, therapists and educators of people with fragile X syndrome at an education seminar on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The conference will include an update on fragile X syndrome research by Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, M.D., from Rush University in Chicago. Other speakers will discuss genetic issues, integrating sensory integration techniques into therapy and education, interventions for speech and language difficulties in persons with fragile X, behavioral interventions, and personal issues affecting parents of children with the genetic disorder.

Fragile X syndrome is the leading inherited cause of mental retardation in the world, affecting both males and females. Symptoms range from mild learning disabilities to profound mental impairment and often include behaviors consistent with autism. Fragile X syndrome is the only known cause of autism. Approximately one in 259 women and one in 800 men is a carrier for the genetic trait. Female carriers often experience premature ovarian failure and frequent miscarriages; male carriers can develop symptoms later in life that are misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. There is no known cure for fragile X syndrome.

The event is hosted by Saint Xavier University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Fragile X Resource Group of Greater Chicago. The seminar runs from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning in McGuire Hall. Cost is $75 per person, including materials and lunch. Continuing education credits are available through Saint Xavier University.

For more information about the conference or to register, call (847) 465-1245 or e-mail fragilexchicago@comcast.net.


Call (847) 465-1245 or e-mail fragilexchicago@comcast.net.

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