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What are “stereotyped behaviors”?

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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Patterned Movements

"stereotyped behaviors" typically refer to repetitive, patterned movements that are usually rhythmic in nature.
These are most commonly associated with autism spectrum disorders, but are sometimes seen in other disorders like tardive dyskinesia, schizophrenia and mental retardation. Examples include head banging, rocking, hand-wringing or flapping, marching in place, etc.

In brief: Patterned Movements

"stereotyped behaviors" typically refer to repetitive, patterned movements that are usually rhythmic in nature.
These are most commonly associated with autism spectrum disorders, but are sometimes seen in other disorders like tardive dyskinesia, schizophrenia and mental retardation. Examples include head banging, rocking, hand-wringing or flapping, marching in place, etc.
Danielle Jones
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine

In brief: See below

Also called stereotyped behavior. Psychiatry.
Persistent mechanical repetition of speech or movement, sometimes occurring as a symptom of schizophrenia, autism, or other mental disorder. A tendency to think or act in rigid, repetitive, and often meaningless patterns.

In brief: See below

Also called stereotyped behavior. Psychiatry.
Persistent mechanical repetition of speech or movement, sometimes occurring as a symptom of schizophrenia, autism, or other mental disorder. A tendency to think or act in rigid, repetitive, and often meaningless patterns.
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