What is meant by autistic repetitive behavior? And why do children with autism engage in this behavior?
First we need to understand what autism is?
Autism is a life long disorder affecting the brain, some of the symptoms of autism are:
Imagination and Interaction deficit…
Autism can not be cured and as yet research has not defined the cause of autism spectrum disorder, there are at present various thoughts on the root cause of autism spectrum disorder.
Most children with autism will engage in some form of repetitive behavior…
What is autistic repetitive behavior?
A repetitive behavior is something a person does repeatedly without reason or thought. Research shows repetition is common in autism all children with autism will like repetition and sameness in all aspects of their lives.
Some autistic repetitive behavior is thought to be because of an overload in sensory input. Children with autism are very sensitive and can be easily overwhelmed by their environment.
Therefore the child on the autism spectrum will engage in a repetitive behavior such as finger flicking, rocking or other stimming behavior as a means of calming their senses.
Some children with autism are very sensitive to touch and will shy away from physical contact, preferring not to be touched, which can be quite hard to understand as a parent.
Research suggests autistic repetitive behavior can be a means of controlling sensory overload in children with autism. We all engage in some form of repetitive behavior at some point in our lives, we like to pick the same lottery numbers, we wont miss our soaps, we must leave the remote in a certain place etc…all forms of repetitive behavior.
Directing autistic repetitive behavior in children with autism can be helped by using autism social stories…
Autism social stories can be implemented to help control behaviors such as stimming.
Pictorially rich with appropriate text these specific expertly written autism tools can be used to manage almost all aspects and situations the child on the autism spectrum is finding confusing, stressful or makes them anxious.
They give the child on the autism spectrum clear instruction of how, where, why and when, helping them control their sense and make sense of the world around them.
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