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Research over the past decade has established that neurodiversities such as Autism are far common in people with an Extra 47th X or Y chromosome than in the average population. At the same time, most are not Autistic.

What does this mean in practice for parents who have a young child diagnosed with an extra chromosome?

Groundbreaking research published in 2022 shows that Autism in Extra X&Y children be predicted as early as the age of 1. This matters, because it means early monitoring of social adaptive functions of children with Extra chromosomes should be done as routine care within the first years of life.

Not only may it allow to avoid an irreversible cascade of negative lifelong effects, it could also significantly improve parent wellbeing with relief from stress and uncertainty regarding their own parenting and offer the opportunity to learn effective coping strategies when interacting with their child.

Part 1 featured the abstract, introduction and methods that allowed to come to this conclusion. Part 2 explains the study’s results and discusses its practical implications.

* Bouw N, Swaab H, Tartaglia N, Wilson RL, Van der Velde K, van Rijn S. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022 Sep 15. doi: 10.1007/s00787-022-02070-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36107256.

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