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Rituals are symbolic and performed because of their meaning to the individual. They provide an identity and can be passed down through generations, which helps to build stronger relationships throughout the family.

Rituals can also be repeated behaviors in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Acting out these rituals may help relieve anxiety, however they may also negatively impact function.

A child in a white dress lines up several unicorn toys in different sizes and colors.
Lining up toys repeatedly is a common ritual. If your child becomes upset when the lined-up toys are moved or rearranged, consider a consult with our occupational therapists!
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