Repetitive Behavior in Rubinstein–Taybi Syndrome: Parallels with Autism Spectrum Phenomenology

Jane Waite*, Joanna Moss, Sarah R. Beck, Caroline Richards, Lisa Nelson, Kate Arron, Cheryl Burbidge, Katy Berg, Chris Oliver

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Syndrome specific repetitive behavior profiles have been described previously. A detailed profile is absent for Rubinstein–Taybi syndrome (RTS). The Repetitive Behaviour Questionnaire and Social Communication Questionnaire were completed for children and adults with RTS (N = 87), Fragile-X (N = 196) and Down (N = 132) syndromes, and individuals reaching cut-off for autism spectrum disorder (N = 228). Total and matched group analyses were conducted. A phenotypic profile of repetitive behavior was found in RTS. The majority of behaviors in RTS were not associated with social-communication deficits or degree of disability. Repetitive behavior should be studied at a fine-grained level. A dissociation of the triad of impairments might be evident in RTS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1238-1253
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Repetitive behavior
  • Ritualistic behavior
  • Rubinstein–Taybi syndrome


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