Date: November 16, 2011
Time: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Location: Room 241 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, One Magnolia Circle
Evon Batey Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology and Psychiatry; Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Psychological Assessment Coordinator
In addition to social and communication impairments, the DSM-IV lists “restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities” as one of the three core domains required for a diagnosis of autism. While they are best known in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), restricted and repetitive behaviors (RRB) also occur in other genetic conditions, developmental disorders, and psychiatric conditions (e.g., Prader-Willi Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and schizophrenia, respectively). One of the challenges for studying RRB is the tremendous variability in these behaviors, since they include repetitive motor mannerisms, insistence on sameness in routines, self-injurious behaviors, and restricted interests. This session will present some of the assessment options that are frequently used in clinical and research settings, such as the Repetitive Behavior Scale – Revised and the Aberrant Behavior Checklist – Community. Better understanding of RRB may aid in elucidating subtypes within these varied conditions, which may facilitate future genetic investigations and lead to useful treatment strategies.
Group discussion of other assessment options for RRB, as well as related issues and challenges, will be encouraged.
Light refreshments will be provided.