What is Turner Syndrome?
Turner Syndrome is a genetic chromosomal disorder in which all or part of one of the sex chromosome is absent. Typical females have two X chromosomes whereas individuals with Turner Syndrome present with only one X chromosome or there are significant abnormalities with the other. The syndrome only occurs in females and has an estimated prevalence rate of 1 out of every 2,500 girls.
What are some symptoms of Turner Syndrome?
Individuals with Turner Syndrome often present with physical symptoms, health related symptoms, and also concerns with regard to their cognitive and academic functioning.
The physical symptoms associated with females who have Turner Syndrome include: short stature, broad chest, low hairline, low set ears, and a webbed neck.
Women with Turner Syndrome often face a variety of health concerns including: congenital heart disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes, vision problems, hearing concerns, and a variety of autoimmune disorders.
Individuals with Turner Syndrome often experience a variety of cognitive and academic deficits including concerns with visual-spatial functioning and deficits with mathematics achievement.
Can the syndrome be managed?
There is no cure for this genetic condition. Generally speaking, many of the health-related issues associated with Turner Syndrome are manageable. There are some effects of the condition, however, which can be life threatening—an affected child should, thus, be frequently evaluated by a pediatrician. The cognitive and academic concerns associated with the condition are often addressed in the school setting through academic accommodations or special education support.
How can I help treat my child’s condition?
Medication can be used to minimize harmful symptoms and consequences of the syndrome. Growth hormone injections are often incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan in order to stimulate growth.
Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, we administer comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations in order to identify specific strengths and weakness that a child with Turner Syndrome presents. We then determine the most effective, inclusive methods for successful treatment.
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My husband and I were so impressed with our experience at your clinic. From my first phone call to NSPT, to the parent meetings with Dr. Stasi, to my son’s evaluation day and the follow-up feedback meeting, we felt supported and “heard” by everyone. We had anxieties about having our 4 year old evaluated – it was such uncharted territory for us – but we couldn’t be happier with the experience and with the results. We now feel like we have a more comprehensive understanding of our son’s strengths and weaknesses. We feel like we know better as parents how to help him reach his full potential. We also are happy that we can pass along Dr. Stasi’s narrative to our son’s teachers and therapists so that they can have a better understanding of his specific needs. Everyone at NSPT held our hands throughout the process, kept us in the loop, and returned calls/emails in a timely manner. Thank you for a great experience!
Our son Ian received two evaluations by Dr. Greg Stasi & we were very impressed with the thoroughness of the evaluations & the time Dr. Stasi took to explain the results. It was extremely beneficial in determining what treatment Ian would receive both at NSPT & in school.