​​Stereotypy is repetitive visual, auditory, or physical behaviors. Stereotypy looks different in every child. Examples of physical stereotypy include rocking back and forth, flapping hands, jumping up and down, etc. Examples of visual stereotypy include looking closely at objects with the corner of the eye, squinting, etc. Examples of auditory stereotypy include humming or saying/repeating sounds/words/phrases out of context.

It should be noted that we all engage in some type of stereotypy. Hair twirling, tapping pens against the desk, or pacing anyone? At Spectrum, we understand that our clients may engage in stereotypical behaviors as a way to help them focus, express emotions, regulate their emotions, and reduce sensory input in their environment. We focus on teaching our clients to inhibit stereotypy when it gets in the way of learning or attending but also prioritize teaching replacement behaviors for stereotypy. 

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