Habits and Autism: Restricted, Repetitive Patterns of Behaviour and Thinking in Autism

  • Ailsa RussellEmail author
  • Mark Brosnan


One of the defining characteristics of autism is an excessive adherence to repetitive routines. These repetitive routines have been classified as lower-order sensory-motor behaviour repetitions, or higher-order conceptual mental repetitions. Although one of two defining characteristics of autism (the other being deficits in social communication), relatively little research has been undertaken into repetitive behaviours in autism. This is due, in part, to a lack of a theoretical framework for autism within which to consider repetitive behaviour. This chapter outlines what is known about repetitive behaviour in autism, with a view to inspiring experts within the field of habits to consider extending their empirical and theoretical research to inform a coherent account of repetitive behaviour in autism.


Autism Habit Restricted and Repetitive Behaviour (RRB) 


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  1. 1.Centre for Applied Autism Research, University of BathBathUK

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