Repetitive Behaviour

Autistic Repetitive Behaviors

One of the main features of autism is an impaired social interaction. Many autistic children will engage in repetitive behaviors, such as rocking, twirling, finger flicking and toe walking. Or they may use self-harming behavior such as head banging and biting themselves.

The find the world confusing and therefore the overload of sensory input from the world around them is too much for them to handle. So they will use autistic repetitive behavior like finger flicking, this is called stimming, in order to concentrate on the flicking and thus calm themselves down.

Mostly autistic children tend to start speaking later than other children and may also refer to themselves by their name rather than saying I or me, as we would.

Many autistic children have a reduced sensitivity to pain, and are abnormally sensitive to sound, touch, and other sensory stimulation.

Which is why there tends to be an adverse reaction to being touched or cuddled.

It is still not known for sure why, but on average 20 to 30% of autistic children will develop epilepsy by the time they reach adulthood.

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