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Speech and Language Development & Intervention in Fragile X Syndrome

EDUC 600




Instructor: Valerie Barges, TheraCourse

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

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.

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