Have you ever noticed that some children with autism walk on their toes? It is true that it attracts attention. We explain why some children with autism tiptoe.
First of all, and before starting, I must emphasize that we must not physically force the child to walk using the whole soles of their feet since, whatever the way it is, it is something that they cannot control in the way you think. Well, why does it happen and how to intervene in each case?
1. Physical morphology of the foot. On some occasions it may be that some of these children have certain difficulties of a purely physical nature that can be solved with the appropriate intervention of an orthopedist. In this first case, autism does not play any relevant role if it is not rather a physical issue. The intervention in this case begins as with the rest: taking the pediatrician or family doctor to comment on what you are observing at home or is being observed at the educational center. The family doctor will tell you the steps to follow and what to go through, first of all, ruling out anatomical-physiological problems.
2. Hypersensitivity to certain stimuli. Second, we could say that some children have sensory integration dysfunctions, which may imply that are extremely sensitive to certain stimuli, such as different textures in clothing, specific smells, etc ... or it may be that they are too insensitive, seeming to have no fear (frequent danger between them at heights) or making more abrupt or clumsy movements.
When hypersensitivity occurs in the sole of the foot (in this area there are numerous sensory receptors connected to the rest of the body through the nervous system), it is very possible that the child chooses to walk on tiptoe to avoid contact with the ground or the sole of the shoe.
In these cases, it is common to see ourselves as parents or educators incapable of putting socks or shoes on the child without reaching the “discussion”, so it is very convenient carry out some pre-awareness activities, perception and sensory stimulation, among which we can find deep and powerful massages on the sole of the foot to relax the area and prepare the child. Even knowing some intervention alternatives with the child, it is highly advisable to get in touch with the various sensory integration professionals so that they can guide us adequately in achieving this objective, being recommended from this same area of sensory integration to play walking with weights in both hands to balance the weight, carry bags, carry some weight in the pockets or even wear a weight vest or walk barefoot on the sand or grass.
3. Due to some stress problem.Finally, we can say that recently some other aspects are emerging that are being studied, such as thinking that the child, when suffering certain periods of stress very often, begins to contract his body and no longer proprioceptively control those stimuli that come to him and therefore Therefore, it is not able to integrate them.
4. Vision problems. The theory of Dr. Melvin Kaplan, director of "The Center of Visual Management", defends the possibility that certain problems in vision such as or in visual processing can cause certain postural changes that condition the child in the way of walking, since that visual coordination is necessary for proper walking development.
In any of the aforementioned cases, the intervention process should not start from home, if not rather it is more correct put ourselves in the hands of the appropriate specialists, ruling out from the outset possible anatomical or physiological problems that will require a more medical than therapeutic intervention.
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