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Speech and Language Development & Intervention in Fragile X Syndrome

EDUC 600




Instructor: Valerie Barges

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Course Description:

Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges and various physical characteristics. Participants will learn about the characteristics, identification, and genetics of Fragile X.  The focus of the course is on the speech and language development and treatment of people with Fragile X. Other topics include the impact of Fragile X on the family.

*This course is recommended for speech-language pathologists. Special education teachers working with students with Fragile X Syndrome, who want to gain an understanding of this genetic disorder from a clinical perspective, may also benefit from this course in order to facilitate collaboration with the speech-language pathologist at their school.


The primary learning objectives for this course are:

  • Identify the common characteristics of Fragile X Syndrome.
  • Understand the behaviors of individuals with Fragile X Syndrome.
  • Examine the genetics associated with Fragile X Syndrome.
  • Learn about the speech and language development of individuals with Fragile X Syndrome.
  • Examine specific interventions to support speech and language development in individuals with Fragile X Syndrome.
  • Understand the perspective and experiences of families who have children with Fragile X Syndrome.


Speech & Language Development & Intervention in Down Syndrome & Fragile X Syndrome, Author: Joanne E. Roberts, Robin S. Chapman, & Steven F. Warren (2008), Brookes Publishing; ISBN-13: 978-1-55766-874-5

About The Instructor

Valerie Barges
Valerie Barges

Valerie Barges earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Her B.A. in Human Development/Human Resources was earned from Boston College. Valerie is a licensed speech pathologist in Massachusetts and Maryland. She has over 10 years of clinical experience working with children in speech-language pathology, ranging from public schools to hospital settings.

Special Instructions:

*The course textbook is not included in the cost of tuition. Detailed instructions on how to purchase the textbook will be sent to you upon registering for the course.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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