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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.
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
ISSN (print): 0162-3257
ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
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