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Autism and walking on tiptoes

A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Tip Toes: Infants are born with relatively tight heel cords and initially will tip toe a lot. This slowly changes with time. But some will tip toe into toddlerh... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not necessarily: Toe walking is common before 18-24 months and rare after 3 yo. It is not a sign of autism.
Dr. Aaron Ament
Psychiatry 58 years experience
OLD STORY: Used to be considered sign of autism. But some kids do it for fun. Maybe you did as a child. Don't be in a hurry to make a diagnosis. If you have oth... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liviu CRACIUN
Neurology 26 years experience
Not necessarly: Walking on tip toes could be due to a brain condition like cerebral palsy, local condition like short achilles' tendon, muscle problem etc. Best wou... Read More
Dr. James Schaller
Child Psychiatry 42 years experience
Not Enough Info: The diagnosis of autism is fairly easy for child psychiatrists. And we have a diagnostic bible called the dsm. The criteria to diagnose autism does no... Read More
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Not Necessarily: Toe walking can be caused by a whole variety of reasons. Even the birth of a younger sibling can result in an otherwise normal child walking on their ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Mangold
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 14 years experience
Sometimes: It is normal for young children to toe-walk early after they have learned to walk, periodically, until age 3 or so. If toe walking persists beyond th... Read More
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
Not necessarily: Some kids are toe walkers by choice. They do it for a while and then they stop. Kids with CP tend to be toewalkers more than autistic kids. This is no... Read More
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Many children toe walk and are fine. Many autistic children also toe walk but toe walking alone is not a sign of autism.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Mother must be there: Autism, per se, is not typically associated with delays in walking. But, delays of any sort merit attention. Perhaps you could start by offering to ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Not Enough Informati: We can not tell you if his not talking much at age of 2 years and tapping his chin with toys is a sign of autism.I will suggest you get him evaluated ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. jeffrey Trantalis, dpm
Podiatry 42 years experience
I understand your concerns. I will take the easy possibility first. I have seen us where a child does not feel comfortable walking because of the stru... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
DiscussWithPediatric: You do not diagnose Autism this way.Even though there is delay in milestone as far as crawling is concerned as most babies learn to crawl between 7 an... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austina Cho
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Be patient. : Some children are delayed in their verbal and motor skills. She should be seen regularly by a pediatrician who can keep track of her development and a... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Why go there?: What you describe are not classic early signs of autism, but you might feel better if you see a pediatric specialist for reassurance. They may explain... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephanie Chuipek
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Not at all: In fact, the babbling is far more important, and many children develop pointing and gesturing skills closer to 13-15 mos of age.

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