Paula and Bobby
Parents of Lillie
Inflexible Adherence to Routines or Rituals
Understanding nervous system related symptoms and features.
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The nervous system is made up of a network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from both the brain and the spinal cord. Within the nervous system are the Central nervous system and the Peripheral nervous system.
The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system.
Within the peripheral nervous system are the somatic and autonomic nervous systems. The somatic system controls responses to sensory stimuli, while the autonomic nervous system controls the inner workings of organs, including digestion, breathing and the heartbeat.
Sleep is one body function, controlled by the autonomic nervous system, specifically the sympathetic nervous system.
What is inflexible adherence to routines or rituals?
Inflexible adherence to routines or rituals refers to a need to strictly adhere to repetitive routines or patterns of behavior. This definition applies to both verbal and nonverbal types of behavior.
Individuals with an inflexibility adhered to routines or rituals are usually not able to handle even minor changes in their routines, find it very difficult to transition between activities or tasks, and insist on taking the same route everyday, or even insisting on eating the same food everyday.
It can also include difficulties with communication and social skills.
What should I do next?
In some instances, inflexible adherence to routines or rituals may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
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