Fragile X Program
Who we are
The Fragile X Program at Children’s Hospital Boston provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment to individuals and families affected by Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common inherited genetic cause of intellectual disability.
The degree of impairment seen in individuals with Fragile X is very broad, ranging from those with normal IQ and mild learning disabilities to intellectual disability and autism. In addition, certain behavioral and emotional problems such as hyperactivity, social anxiety and mood disorders may be present.
Children and adults in our program are seen by a team of clinicians from various specialties who help manage the effects of the disorder through educational interventions and community support. In some cases, medication may also be a necessary part of treatment.
As one of the few Fragile X Programs in the country, we have already helped hundreds of children and families with Fragile X learn to thrive. In addition to providing a full evaluation, our team of experienced clinicians will meet with you and your family to discuss your child’s diagnosis, address any questions or concerns and put in place a treatment plan specifically formulated to address the cognitive, mental, emotional and physical aspects of his or her well-being.
We also understand the struggles individuals and families with Fragile X syndrome face and can put you in touch with families facing similar issues.
By identifying and treating each challenge, our mission is to help individuals learn to embrace their strengths and talents so they can participate, as far as possible, as full members of society.
Discover: Fragile X
Dr. Walter Kaufmann has recently joined the Fragile X Program at Boston Children's Hospital as a member of our Neurology team. Dr. Kaufmann was the director of the Fragile X Clinic at Kennedy-Krieger Institute in Maryland. He is an international authority on Fragile X syndrome and autism, and we are thrilled to have him as a member of our team.