What is the role of a psychologist in the treatment of Turner syndrome?

Updated: Mar 19, 2021
  • Author: Maala S Daniel, MBBS; Chief Editor: Luis O Rohena, MD, MS, FAAP, FACMG  more...
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Overall psychological health is good, but specific perceptual weaknesses or learning disabilities may be present. Assessment of intelligence, learning ability, motor skills, and social maturity should be made prior to enrollment in kindergarten. [39]

Problems with math and with visual spatial skills (eg, map reading) are common.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is more common in girls with Turner syndrome than in girls in general.

Intelligence is usually normal, but individuals with ring chromosomes may have impaired intelligence.

As with any chronic illness, attention should be paid to fostering healthy socialization and to appropriate career and vocational planning. Patients with Turner syndrome are more likely to be employed than other adult women, although less likely to be married. [27]


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