Behavioral characteristics of children with fragile X syndrome

Lidia Gabis*, Yael Kesner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of inherited mental retardation in Israel. Children with FXS exhibit a unique behavior profile. In addition to mental impairment manifested by developmental, cognitive and motor delay, one third of the children also show autistic traits and other psychiatric characteristics. This review outlines the behavior difficulties presented by children with FXS. Understanding these characteristics will enable early diagnosis and a specific intervention, which will diminish the comorbidity of this syndrome and lead to improved function and learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-474
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Autism
  • Behavioral characteristics
  • Fragile X syndrome


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