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What causes children to walk on their tip-toes . Is that a sign of autism?

What causes children to walk on their tip-toes . Is that a sign of autism?

Toe-walking that: persists > 3 months after a tot's first 10 independent steps is atypical. Drops in blood flow & oxygen, especially in late 2nd trimester can cause " tight heel cords", very mild cerebral palsy, more common in preemies. MRI & microscopic post-mortem studies of brains of people with ASD show abnormalities in areas that control motor planning & in axons that transmit signals. Other causes exist. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes ... I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes ... I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

It could be a sign : Of a problem but does not have to be. Some kids are idiopathic toe walkers. Are there any other signs of developmental delay? Try putting heel lifts in the shoes, but would recommend a neurology consult. (pediatric neurologist). ...Read more

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Is it really true that an older child still walking on his tip toes is a sign of autism?

Is it really true that an older child still walking on his tip toes is a sign of autism?

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 would be to have your child evaluated by an experienced pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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4 year old toe walkin.does not understand what's being told to her.nonverbal.autism??She's doesn't have any schedule she needs to follow

4 year old toe walkin.does not understand what's being told to her.nonverbal.autism??She's doesn't have any schedule she needs to follow

It happens: Toe walking happens in normal kids and usually fades by 2 but some do at at 4 but these kids usually have tight heal cords.It is not a specific feature of autism.Not understanding what she's told and not speaking are worrisome, but more detailed workup would be needeed to apply a reasonalble label.She could simply be deaf. ...Read more

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Is toe-walking a sign of autism?

Is toe-walking a sign of autism?

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 not to say that autistic may not be toe walkers. To answer your question, just being a toe walker does not mean that your kid is autistic. ...Read more

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Is toe walking a sign of autism?

Is toe walking a sign of autism?

No: Many children toe walk and are fine. Many autistic children also toe walk but toe walking alone is not a sign of autism. ...Read more

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My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with toys. Is this a sign of autism?

My son 2 years old and he says some words but not much and he likes to walk around tapping his chin with  toys. Is this a sign of autism?

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 by his pediatrician and discuss your concerns with Him/Her as the baby has to be evaluated for normal growth and development assessment to be able to answer your concern To me these two signs do not by itself suggest autistic pattern.Get him checked ...Read more

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I want to know if my daughter has autism shes almost 2 and she didn't talk well can't walk well didn't make eye contact when talked to?

Seek medical help: You should take your daughter in for an exam with her physician and discuss your concerns. There are some developmental screening exams that are age specific that can be done that are very effective when screening for autism. And at that time your can determine if further evaluation or work up is needed. ...Read more

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My son is 11months, 1 week he walks on his own and says mama but he is not intersted in pointing or clapping. Should i be concerned about autism?

My son is 11months, 1 week he walks on his own and says mama but he is not intersted in pointing or clapping. Should i be concerned about autism?

A specific " mama": Used to get your attention, with smiles of delight when you look at him & say, yes, i'm mama!" is fantastic! acquiring words to label things is not the same as communicating. Pointing for what you want is a 12-month milestone, pointing to share interest in objects is 14-16 mos. Mimicking simple games like peek--boo, pat-a-cake & waving "bye" is his job now. Just show his doctor at his 12-mo check. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more