Presented by Debra Reisinger, MD

Individuals with Fragile X syndrome (FXS) can experience a variety of symptoms and behavioral challenges that change across development. This presentation highlights how to recognize behavioral challenges in FXS and the most common behavioral difficulties and treatment options at each developmental stage. Specific tips are shared that families can easily implement with their children or adolescents.

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About the Speaker

Debra Reisinger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Reisinger is a clinical psychologist at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. She completed her postdoctoral training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Fragile X Treatment and Research Center. She has been involved in assessment, treatment, and research in FXS for the past decade. Dr. Shaffer is the director of psychological services at the Cincinnati Fragile X Treatment and Research Center. She provides psychological assessment and behavioral treatment to a wide age range of individuals with FXS and carriers. She also conducts research and provides assessments for research studies focused on FXS.

Additional Resources

Behavior & Fragile X Syndrome
When discussing Fragile X syndrome and behavior, it is important to note that — like every person — the focus should be on the individual. Many behaviors are positive, and it is those behaviors you will see most often in addition to challenging behaviors. Behavior problems serve a purpose (or a function) and are often a form of communication. Addressing behavioral challenges in an individual with FXS should start with a comprehensive evaluation. A proactive approach with appropriate support and accommodations will likely foster positive outcomes and set up the individual with FXS to succeed in their home, school, or community.