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SCRANTON, PA -- Educators and other professionals who diagnose and care for children and adults with fragile X syndrome are invited to attend a free conference presented by Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI).

Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental issues including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. Males are usually more affected by the disorder and those affected usually have delayed development of speech and language by the age of 2.

“From the Clinic to the Classroom: Fragile X Syndrome” will be presented Oct. 7 at the University of Scranton in conjunction with the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies and Scranton’s Friendship House.

The conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon, will provide training on how to help students with fragile X in a classroom setting. ADMI’s Brenda Finucane, M.S., LGC, will present Fragile X Syndrome: Diagnosis and Characteristics. Barbara Haas-Givler, M.Ed., BCBA, also of ADMI, will present Customizing the Learning Environment for School-Aged Students with Fragile X Syndrome.

While the conference is free, registration is required and begins at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Scranton Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, second floor forum, Room 235, 237 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Advance registration is available online at 


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