T is for… Toe Walking


This might seem like a strange thing to write about for people that have no real understanding or knowledge of autism.

For those of you what do have some knowledge and understanding then you will know that some of the early signs of autism can be that they toe walk for an extended period of time.

It is normal for a toddler to toe walk and to flap their hands when they walk and run, this is a normal developmental stage that all children go through, it is not normal for a child be doing this in the longer term.

This is something that most children will stop doing quite quickly as their confidence and balance develop.

My son still runs on his toes and when he walks his foot often points inwards which makes him clumsy and means that he often falls over himself. He is much slower than his peers and when he runs his hands flap around in a way that a toddlers hands might.

He is 6, this is not normal for a 6 year old. 

It is one of the things that was picked up during his assessment, he has delayed motor skills and toe walks, he doesn’t do it so much with his shoes on but in bare feet he does it all the time.

It has been picked up continually since he was about 2 and first started pre-school (he started early we wanted to help his speech) and when we were at sessions at the children’s centre, at that point I didn’t know the significance, now when I see older kids do it, alarm bells start ringing in my head.

Toe walking doesn’t mean that someone is definitely going to be autistic.

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