Middle Childhood Intervention: Module Three – The Professionals

Category — 3.2 The “G” Professionals


Geneticists are medical doctors who specialize in the study of human genes (see full Glossary) and chromosomes (see ECI Glossary). They study heredity factors (the things a person inherits from family), family histories and genetic mutations (or changes). They treat individuals who have genetic disorders and offer:

  • Genetic testing to determine whether or not a person has a genetic or chromosomal disorder. This includes:
    • Blood tests (Fig. 1);
    • X-rays (Fig. 2);
    • Ultrasounds (Fig. 3);
    • Genetic counseling to families who have a member with a genetic condition or disorder:
      • Understanding  how likely it is that other members of the family will develop or have the same genetic disorder;
      • Understanding how likely it is that siblings may have children who have the same genetic disorder;
      • Understanding the difference between recessive (see full Glossary) and dominant (see full Glossary) genes;
      • Understanding the preventive measures that can decrease genetic disorders.
      • Preventive services: For instance, by checking for genetic conditions such as PKU (see full Glossary), geneticists can diagnose children right away after birth, and offer intervention options to families.

blood test

Figure 1. Blood tests


Figure 2. X-Rays


Figure 3. Ultrasound
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