Dr. Anne Wheeler will provide an overview of the literature on stress vulnerability in women with a premutation, describe how mindfulness-based techniques can be helpful for stress-reduction, allow for some experiential practice of these techniques, and provide practical resources for increasing mindfulness, reducing stress, and improving overall well-being.
The 4th annual Fragile X premutation conference was held in the Netherlands in September. Entitled the Fourth International Conference of FMR1 Premutation: Basic Mechanisms, Clinical Involvement and Therapy, it was a gathering of researchers from around the globe to share their current research on Fragile X premutation disorders and think about what is next. The NFXF supported the conference.
While two Fragile X-associated disorders affecting premutation carriers are well documented and accepted by the medical community, other effects of the premutation are a source of debate among the medical community because there has [...]
Dealing with critical incidents is very important for caregivers of individuals with Fragile X syndrome (FXS), particularly biological mothers. Unfortunately, critical incidents occur frequently for many caregivers of children with FXS. Behavioral outbursts and aggression are critical incidents that take place in the home or in the community. For biological mothers of children with FXS who carry the premutation gene, there is the added predisposition to anxiety, as well as other emotional concerns (Coleman & Riley, 2014), which can amplify their response to these critical incidents.
Dr. Randi Hagerman gave a plenary talk at the 14th International Fragile X Conference in the summer of 2014 regarding premutation involvement in women, although what she said is equally important in men (except [...]