Sleeves Must Be Pulled Down

Video Summary

Dr. Smith describes how children with autism often display a wide array of behaviors related to an interfering, sometimes compulsive desire for sameness. In contrast to typically developing youth, small changes in routine or the child's immediate environment can result in extreme distress for a child with autism.

"Many children with autism display what we refer to as an insistence on sameness...which is a component of the restricted behaviors and interests domain of autism diagnostic criteria."
— Christopher Smith, PhD


    • General Behaviors
    • tantrums
    • Restricted
    • compulsions
    • routines
    • insistence on sameness
    • rituals

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