Turner Syndrome

Turner syndrome affects about 1 in every 2500 female newborns. Most go undiagnosed until adolescence when menarche is to begin. Individuals who have Turner syndrome most commonly present with a physically short figure along with delay in menarche (i.e., the first time a woman menstruates) (Christopoulos, Deligeoroglou, Laggari, Christogiorgos, & Creatsas, 2008). Physical characteristics vary; they include the under or no development of ovaries, webbed neck, or irregular bone growth, which contributes to a shorter figure. The deficit of ovaries can affect a person’s fertility, often causing infertility. Other health problems can occur, including skeletal abnormalities, high blood pressure, troubles with hearing, high body weight, kidney difficulty, and cardiovascular complications. (Christopoulos, et al., 2008).

Cognitively, these individuals can experience difficulties with attention, memory, visio-spatial processing, and direction. Identification of volume and shapes has also been documented. These individuals may also struggle with overall executive functioning, and may have difficulty grasping the concept of mathematics (Christopoulos, et al., 2008).

At The Center for Growth, the therapists have compiled articles and tips for those struggling with or caring for someone with Turner Syndrome.