We're focused on finding
The Forgotten Children

The Focus Foundation is the first and only research-based agency exclusively dedicated to identifying and helping children who have X & Y Variations (also called X & Y Chromosomal Variations or Sex Chromosome Disorders), Dyslexia and/or Developmental Dyspraxia, conditions that lead to language-based disabilities, motor planning deficits, reading dysfunction, and attention and behavioral disorders. All physicians, ancillary health care providers and special educators are taught that genetic abnormalities can impact a child's development. Unfortunately, because most practitioners often receive insufficient information about sex chromosome disorders, they don't even consider testing for X & Y Variations when caring for a child who presents with developmental concerns.

We want health care providers, educators and parents to know:

  • 1 in 500 children have X & Y Variations that cause complex learning disabilities

  • 1 in 10 babies born each day has an X & Y Variation, and only 3 will ever receive the treatment he or she needs

  • Developmental Dyspraxia is often mistaken as being "only a minor speech delay" when, in fact, multiple developmental domains are affected and require targeted treatment

  • Symptoms of Dyslexia often present in preschool years and early identification and treatment is highly effective

  • 10 percent of children with X & Y Variations are identified prior to birth and they usually develop Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. The knowledge gained from caring for these infants and toddlers benefits all children who have reading, speech and motor planning dysfunction

  • With the proper diagnosis and intervention, children who have these neurogenetic disorders can be transformed from vulnerable to powerful, from school failure to academic success, from disabled to able

    Early Identification + Targeted Treatment = Recovery
    The Focus Foundation: Because every child deserves the chance to succeed