The importance of understanding the behavioural phenotypes of genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability

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Behavioural phenotype research is of benefit to a large number of children with genetic syndromes and associated developmental delay. This article presents an overview of this research area and demonstrates how understanding pathways between gene disorders and behaviour can inform our understanding of the difficulties individuals with genetic syndromes and developmental delay experience, including self-injurious behaviour, social exploitation, social anxiety, social skills deficits, sensory differences, temper outbursts and repetitive behaviours. In addition, physical health difficulties and their interaction with behaviour are considered. The article demonstrates the complexity involved in assessing a child with a rare genetic syndrome.


Original languageEnglish
JournalPaediatrics and Child Health
Early online date17 Jun 2014
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jun 2014