July is National Fragile X Awareness Month. July 22 is officially recognized by Congress as Fragile X Awareness Day. Both serve to increase knowledge about one of the most common inherited forms of intellectual disability.
The Academy and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed new educational materials that address common myths about fragile X syndrome (FXS). One common myth is that girls cannot have FXS. Both girls and boys can have FXS and exhibit symptoms that range from mild to severe.
An insert for pediatricians and handout for parents is available at http://bit.ly/2862aRR. These “Fragile X Syndrome Myth Busters” also provide tips on obtaining a family history and when to seek a genetic evaluation.