Assessment of Rituals and Stereotypy

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Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Abstract

Individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) present with a “triad of impairments” that negatively affect social interaction and communication abilities and result in the presence of restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Although repetitive stereotyped behavior is one of the three defining features of ASD, compared with the extensive literature published on the other impairments related to this disorder, this class of behaviors continues to be relatively underrepresented in the literature (Lam & Aman, 2007; MacDonald et al., 2007). This actuality becomes clear when one considers the challenges that ritualistic/repetitive or stereotyped behaviors evince for individuals with ASD, their families and service providers (Turner, 1999), and the diagnostic significance of such behaviors (Bodfish, Symons, Parker, & Lewis, 2000).

Keywords

Schizophrenia Posit Triad Dura Sevin 

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