Repetitive behavior in rubinstein-taybi syndrome: parallels with autism spectrum phenomenology

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  • Sarah R. Beck
  • Lisa Nelson
  • Cheryl Burbidge
  • Katy Berg

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Solihull School
  • University of East London
  • University of Birmingham
  • Department of Clinical Psychology
  • Royal Derby Hospital
  • Multisensory Perception and Action Group, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany; Cognitive Neuroscience Department and Cognitive Interaction Technology-Center of Excellence, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Derbyshire Children’s Hospital
  • Solihull


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


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