Subtyping stereotypic behavior in children: the association between stereotypic behavior, mood, and heart rate

J Autism Dev Disord. 1998 Dec;28(6):547-57. doi: 10.1023/a:1026008313284.


The stereotypic behavior of children (N = 26) while in a playroom session with their parent was studied. The sample included children with a pervasive developmental disorder, an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a developmental expressive language disorder, or a developmental receptive language disorder and normally developing children. Stereotypic behaviors associated with distress, elation, and composure were compared on mean duration and form of the stereotypies and heart rate changes around the onset of the stereotypies. Results showed that stereotypies associated with different moods differed in all variables studied. Results confirm that a valid classification scheme for stereotypic behaviors is needed as they indicate different functions of individual stereotypies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Arousal*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / diagnosis
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Heart Rate*
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Language Development Disorders / diagnosis
  • Language Development Disorders / psychology
  • Male
  • Personality Assessment
  • Social Environment
  • Stereotyped Behavior*