Why Early Diagnosis Matters for Brain Development

Updated: Dec 12, 2021

Health professionals need to know that having an extra X chromosome is not just an endocrine issue, it can affect early brain development and often have a wide ranging neurocognitive impact which can be improved with the early testing and skilled interventions throughout childhood. Early diagnosis, assessment and awareness are critical for a large percentage of children at risk.


To be able to provide timely and effective support, all those involved with children including parents, schools and medical professionals to understand what to look out for, and to have better guidance on how how to address neurodevelopmental differences over time. Parents need to be equipped advocates in all health and educational interactions to ensure their children are getting the best possible care and support, and do what they can so their medical and educational teams are aware and informed. One outstanding association focused on supporting families and parents is AXYS. Gary Glissman, Past Board Chairman and one of its Facebook administrators recommends: "Do whatever you need to do so your medical and educational teams are aware and informed. Give them the research information available and ask that they review it with you."

"Do whatever you need to do so your medical and educational teams are aware and informed. Give them the research information available and ask that they review it with you."

For instance here is an extraordinarily important piece of neurocognitive research published in July 2021 on early brain development in children with X&Y chromosome variations. You can download it from the publisher by clicking on the above link.


Our wider goal at My XXY is to make a dent in general public public awareness not only of the existence of neurodivergence in individuals with chromosome variations, how common such variations are, and the importance of systematic early diagnosis, but also of

  • The urgency to put in place new, innovative early learning and healthcare strategies that will allow individuals to reach their maximum potential by the time they become young adults

  • The urgency of raising corporate awareness of neurodivergence, so that companies can proactively attract and accommodate neurodivergent talent in the workplace

  • The urgency for future employers to invest in the acquisition of valuable skills of young adults with neurodivergence to avoid that the talents and abilities of such individuals going to waste, such as by donating to support our unique "Xtra Skills" program.

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