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Catatonia and Autism
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Catatonia is a disorder which affects some people with autism.
Catatonia is a complex disorder covering a range of abnormalities of posture, movement, speech and behaviour associated with over- as well as under-activity.
People who develop cataonia may begin to show
- increased slowness affecting movements and/or verbal responses
- difficulty in initiating completing and inhibiting actions;
- increased reliance on physical or verbal prompting by others;
- increased passivity and apparent lack of motivation.
- Other manifestations and associated behaviours include Parkinsonian features including ‘freezing’, excitement and agitation, and a marked increase in repetitive and ritualistic behaviour.
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