“Children with sex chromosome aneuploidies (SCAs) are often characterized in the literature by limitations and pathologies related to the genetic diagnosis. This study aimed to broaden the SCA phenotype by describing parent reported character and academic strengths. Parents of children with SCAs ages 3-21…responded to an electronic survey asking them to describe their child’s strengths in academic settings. Responses were coded for strengths-based content and analyzed using a mixed-methods content analysis approach. We identified overarching qualitative themes of Social Strengths and Assets for Learning. Quantitative results showed a pattern of overlapping strengths among the trisomy SCAs (perseverance and love of learning), with some significant differences between children with supernumerary X chromosomes (strengths in kindness) and those with an additional Y chromosome (strengths in curiosity, humor, and teamwork). Suggestions for future strengths-based research and educational practices to address academic. developmental and psychosocial risks are explored.”
“Advances in the Interdisciplinary Care of Children with Klinefelter Syndrome”—This nearly 30-page story in the journal Advances in Pediatrics is directed at pediatricians and family physicians who treat children, and who may thus come across patients with Klinefelter syndrome. It alerts them to the risks the condition carries for neurodevelopmental and psychological complications, and suggests that diagnosis rates are likely to spike sharply upward given advances in genetics and prenatal neonatal screening. Click here.
“Expanding the Phenotype of Triple X Syndrome: A Comparison of Prenatal Versus Postnatal Diagnosis” —This cross-sectional study was published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics. It describes the diagnosis, physical aspects, medical problems, and neurodevelopmental features in a large cohort of females with 47, XXX. Click here.
“The Impact of Living with Klinefelter Syndrome: A Qualitative Exploration of Adolescents and Adults” — This research article examines the medical, psychological, and social challenges that arise in individuals with 47,XXY as well as providing practical recommendations for parents and professionals on how to meet these challenges. Click here.