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Obsession, fixation, or strong interest

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Obsession, fixation, or strong interest is a common topic in parents’ descriptions of one condition: Autism.

For kids diagnosed with Autism, Obsession, fixation, or strong interest is one of eight symptoms related to Sensitivity and Control according to Sleuth parents. All of the symptoms of Sensitivity and Control among kids with Autism are:

  1. Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  2. Dislike for loud noises
  3. Hyperactivity
  4. Lining up, stacking, or organizing objects
  5. Need for routine
  6. Picky eating or aversion to foods / food sensations
  7. Sensory processing issues (high or low sensitivity)
  8. Tantrums or meltdowns

Other symptoms or behaviors to look for with Obsession, fixation, or strong interest

When parents mention Obsession, fixation, or strong interest they also mention these other symptoms:

SymptomFrequencyNumber of mentions
Compulsive behaviorOften3 mentions
Delayed speech or language developmentOften2 mentions
Keeping alone (keeping to self)Often2 mentions
Lining up, stacking, or organizing objectsOften2 mentions
Anti-social behaviorSometimes1 mention
Difficulty focusing or concentratingSometimes1 mention
Difficulty regulating emotionsSometimes1 mention
Dislike for crowdsSometimes1 mention
ImpulsivenessSometimes1 mention
Lack of interestSometimes1 mention

Characteristics of Obsession, fixation, or strong interest

Obsession, fixation, or strong interest starts at the following ages...

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How common is Obsession, fixation, or strong interest?

Across kids of all ages represented on Sleuth, 40.43% of parents surveyed by Sleuth say their kids have Obsession, fixation, or strong interest.

Percentage of kids with Obsession, fixation, or strong interest by year of age

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This is based on a survey of 507 children on Sleuth. The plot shows the percentage of parents who rated their child’s Obsession, fixation, or strong interest “Moderate”, “Severe”, or “Very Severe” among kids in different age groups.

Frequency

OutcomePercent of ChildrenTotal Mentions
Continuously

9%

42 mentions
Hourly

0%

0 mentions
Daily

11%

53 mentions
Weekly

13%

64 mentions
Monthly

11%

51 mentions
Annually

5%

25 mentions
A Few / Several Times

11%

51 mentions
Once

3%

15 mentions
Never

37%

177 mentions

Severity

SeverityPercent of ChildrenTotal Mentions
Very Severe

9%

44 mentions
Severe

11%

56 mentions
Moderate

21%

105 mentions
Mild

15%

78 mentions
Not at All

44%

224 mentions

Care of Obsession, fixation, or strong interest

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Discussion of Obsession, fixation, or strong interest

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