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SY03-988C-Practical Implications of Genetic Diagnoses in People with MR and Psychiatric Systoms
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Author: Brenda Finucane, M.S., C.G.C., Director, Genetic Services, Elwyn Training and Research Institute, Elwyn, PA

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Advances in genetic diagnostic technology have allowed the identification of several specific genetic syndromes associated with mental retardation and psychiatric symptoms. Knowing the underlying cause of a person's disability has important implications for genetic counseling, anticipation of medical needs, educational interventions and behavior management. The behavioral and cognitive characteristics of fragile X and Smith-Magenis syndromes will be described in detail as illustrative examples.

Produced in 2003.