Monday, September 20, 2010

Genetic Testing?

Well, we finally did it! 

We took our 5 year old son for genetic testing.   Fragile X, metabolic, and a few other tests are what the geneticist initially ordered.  As you may recall, since he was 3, he was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.
Mommy was a 'high school volunteer' at Children's Hospital in NOLA.  We hope they will find some answers with these DNA results.  
Make sure you are comfortable with the doctor and the medical facility that will do the testing.
Part of the test is a family profile type of  hereditary traits, medical history and personal awareness.  Be HONEST about provided as accurate and detailed answers as you possibly can recall.  Remember, you are there to help your child.  The geneticist is not trying to blame anyone for the reasons that your child has a developmental disability.

We want to thank our child development specialist and our good friend Patricia K.K. for encouraging us to undergo the genetic testing.  
There are many causes associated with autism and other developmental disorders.  This week we want to highlight Fragile X syndrome.

Fragile XImage by Julia Manzerova via Flickr

National Fragile X day was acknowledged on July 22, 2010.  
Have you or are you considering genetic testing for your child with Autism Spectrum? 
Learn more about Fragile X and other genetic tests for developmental disabilities by referring to the links we have posted.
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