Sex Chromosome Trisomy Study UK, 2012

Children with language, reading and communication problems

A study of children aged 5 - 16 years.

What is the purpose of the study?
They are interested in finding out more about why some children have difficulties with learning to talk, understand or read.
People often assume this is caused by a child’s environment.
However, their research, and that of others, shows that genetic differences between children can be important.
They also have some clues about genes that affect learning to talk and read: individually, these have very small effects, but sometimes a particular combination of genes may have a bigger influence.

One thing that does increase the risk of having problems is when a person has an extra copy of a chromosome.
They have found that children with an extra X or Y chromosome are more likely than other children to have problems with language, reading or communication.
However, every child is different and sometimes the extra chromosome doesn’t have obvious effects.
They want to find out whether genes on different chromosomes interact and cause problems in some children.
They are hoping to recruit around 150 children with sex chromosome trisomies.

In order to take part they do require that your child is aware that they have an extra sex chromosome.

More information at

If you would like to discuss the research with someone beforehand, or if you have questions afterwards, the first point of contact is:

Eleanor Paine, Department of Experimental Psychology, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UD.

Tel: 01865 271334;

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