Tag: Behavior

Building Social Supports: A Guide for Parents

Quality Friendship

Individuals with FXS often have difficulty establishing meaningful friendships. Limited social skills, social anxiety and an often narrow range of interests contribute to these difficulties. Various interventions can increase the social network of those with FXS. The following ideas are provided to help such individuals and their families. Building Early Social Skills Parents are in



MA: Success Strategies for Individuals and Families Impacted by Fragile X

This educational conference features: Jennifer Epstein, PsyD, presenting on behavior management strategies and Craig Erickson, MD presenting existing and exploratory medication. Lisa Prock, MD from the Fragile X Program at Boston Children’s counseling families on liaising with school systems and Sharyn Lincoln MS CGC will lead session for newly diagnosed families. Carol Wilkinson MD PhD



6th Annual New Directions in Fragile X Conference

Targeting Social Skills and Behavioral Strategies for Home, School, and Work Featuring Dr. Jennifer Epstein Dr. Jennifer Epstein is a licensed clinical psychologist and health service provider with more than 20 years of experience working with children and families. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University. Addition to traditional child psychology



Ten Rules of Time-Out

When consulting with parents regarding behavior issues, the topic of time-out comes up during the majority of my conversations. Parents and professionals alike have used time-out as an effective tool for many years—even before it was called time-out. Research has supported its usefulness with typically developing children as well as those with delays such as

Toilet Training Child With Fragile X Syndrome: An Overview and Guide

Toilet training the child with Fragile X syndrome (FXS) often, but not always, takes the same form as it does with other children. It starts with the basics: Parents may need to teach their child about “wet” and “dry” (applied to both urination and bowel movements). When checking your child’s diaper, let him know what

Webinar: Strategies for Females with Fragile X

by NFXF

This presentation will provide an overview of executive functioning skills and deficits. There will be a discussion of how EF deficits affect schoolwork, social skills and daily living skills. The emphasis will be on describing and selecting practical strategies to teach school-aged girls with fragile X who have executive functioning deficits.



Visit to the Dentist

by NFXF

I learned pretty quickly that visits to a dentist were going to be a challenge for my son, Ian. I demonstrated the process over and over again. I helped him brush his teeth, I encouraged him to brush his own teeth, I tried different tooth brushes and I tried different kinds of toothpaste. I took Ian to my dentist to watch me get my teeth cleaned. He saw his sister get her teeth cleaned.



Doggone It…Mantras Are Great for Learning!

by NFXF

Mantras, like positive affirmations, really do have power. In our case, we have found mantras to be useful for both skill development and to support self-regulation. So what are mantras? Mantras are short, positive, instructive statements full of action words. We use them to quiet the mind and focus thinking and action.



Planning for Emergency Events at School

by NFXF

With the anxiety and hyperarousal seen in children with Fragile X syndrome, it is important to plan for emergency events at your child’s school – a fire in the building and severe weather events, such as a tornado, a hurricane, a local fire, a chemical spill, etc. Lockdowns are discussed separately. If at all possible, develop a plan ahead of time, ideally at your child’s IEP. If that is not possible, ask for a meeting to discuss this first thing of the school year.