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Brain Sci. 2017, 7(6), 66; doi:10.3390/brainsci7060066

Repetitive Behaviours and Restricted Interests in Individuals with Down Syndrome—One Way of Managing Their World?

School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Tom Reilly Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK
Academic Editor: Alberto Costa
Received: 17 April 2017 / Revised: 1 June 2017 / Accepted: 6 June 2017 / Published: 15 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognitive Dysfunction in Down Syndrome)
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This paper argues that the repetitive behaviour and restrictive interests (RBRI) displayed by individuals with Down syndrome have mostly positive functions. However, as research has developed from interests in Obsessional Compulsive Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, unfortunately a view has arisen that RBRI in individuals with Down syndrome are also likely to be pathological. This is particularly the case in adults. The paper reviews: (a) measures employed and the perspectives that have been used; (b) the development in typically developing individuals, those with Down syndrome, and those with other conditions associated with intellectual disability; (c) positive and possible negative effects of RBRI; and (d) the need for more research. The conclusion is that, for their level of development, RBRI are helpful for most individuals with Down syndrome. View Full-Text
Keywords: Repetitive behavior; Down syndrome; Development Repetitive behavior; Down syndrome; Development
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Glenn, S. Repetitive Behaviours and Restricted Interests in Individuals with Down Syndrome—One Way of Managing Their World? Brain Sci. 2017, 7, 66.

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