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One-year change in repetitive behaviours in young children with communication disorders including autism

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Honey, Emerita Professor Helen McConachie, Dr Valerie Randle, Professor Ann Le Couteur


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Repetitive behaviours are a relatively neglected area of study in autism. Previous research has concluded that repetitive behaviour is inversely related to ability and that it tends to increase over the preschool years. One-hundred and four children ages 24-48 months, with autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other disorders, were followed for 13 months. Twelve items from the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) were analysed, as well as diagnostic algorithm scores. Ability was related to degree of repetitive behaviours, except for one cluster of relatively able children. ADI-R repetitive behaviour algorithm scores increased over time; however, when all 12 behaviours were considered, there was a general decrease in impact upon the child's and family's activities. Reasons for this decrease are discussed. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.

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Author(s): Honey E, McConachie H, Randle V, Shearer H, Le Couteur AS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Year: 2008

Volume: 38

Issue: 8

Pages: 1439-1450

ISSN (print): 0162-3257

ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0191-1


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