Topic: Repetitive behaviors and interests

Some of a child’s early symptoms of autism may be among the most puzzling to parents: hand-flapping, rocking, lining up toys, or finding the whirling blades of a fan more interesting than other things in their environment. Psychologists call these repetitive and restricted behaviors (or RRBs), and they are a main feature of autism. Research says they are “almost always present” in very young children with ASD and persist over time as the child grows. Learn about the research on RRBs and the community’s experiences.

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When Does Autism Begin?

What if almost everything we assumed about how autism begins is wrong? New studies call into question some assumptions about regression in autism.

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ADHD, Anxiety and Autism?

Some researchers believe that conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and depression are “under-recognized” in youth with autism, which, in turn, “hampers clinical care and treatment.” After all, how can you treat what you don’t diagnose?

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