Asperger’s gait? | Autism PDD


Can anyone describe what this would look like? It was mentioned in another post (tzoya, i believe), and it caught my eye. Jake is starting PT soon for his motor delay. He's very clumsy and awkward, and will probably never be an athlete. Even his walk is very strange. Almost like he turns his shoulders and head a little to the side while moving forward. His feet turn a little funny too. No one has felt that there's anything medical to account for it, so I'm wondering if maybe it's due to this. When he was evaluated, the psychologist suggested that "if anything maybe some Aspergers" (which was an odd comment). Although, I'm not sure he really fits the criteria - as he did have a lanaguage delay at 18 months, but he's three now and completely caught up (except in articulation). Ditto! Ashtyn will never be a cheerleader or dancer! She tries, but is not coordinated at all. Her gait is pretty noticeable it looks like she is a little robot, very mechanical. We call it the smarty pants walk cause she looks like a child does as they go tattle on another child!

Speak to the OT. Someone once told me that it's something that, if you saw your child at a distance in silhouette, you'd recognize him because of the peculiarity of the the way he walks or runs.  My experience with AS kids is that they seem more awkward at physical activity than most PDD-NOS kids (I don't know many classically autistic kids).  It might be work asking for an official PT eval.



Danny is having a huge issue with this right now. He was never a very active child, so when he started P.E. this year he began to have pain, and problems walking. I always noticed he does alot of toe walking, and his legs are somewhat cockeyed when he's moving about. It's almost like he's flinging them forward, or shuffling instead of doing a heal -toe walk. I was getting kinda concerned this past week because it appeared that the problem was getting worse. Then this morning, right when I'm ready to get him to the doc , he's running about and walking ok. I know it has to be something neurological, also I believe it's related to growing pains too. So, I'm gonna keep an eye on him and if it flairs up again he's off to the orthopedist.

On a side note, my younger son had to wear a orthodic in his shoe when he was about 2 1/2 because his one leg would turn out when he walked. Over a years time it resolved on it's own. The orthodic was so painful and left blisters on his ankles, I went back to the prosthetician and he said that's how they are suppose to fit. Well, my son ended up only wearing them for 2 wks. Not to mention the painful special shoes I had to buy to put the orthodic into. The only criteria necessary for a medical diagnosis of Aspeger Syndrome are the ones written in the DSM-IV. There are other things like poor coordination, disgraphia, "little professor" talk, tattling (hyperfocus on rules), dislike of fiction --preferring non-fiction, odd voice modulation, etc. that are really, really common traits but are not necessary for the diagnosis to be valid.Shea is very big and pretty clumsy himself.  When he runs (and he does this a lot) he is more steady than when he walks (something about the vestibular system).  Before he started OT, he was very boxy.  He didn't move his trunk, which was also hard for going down slides.  He'd tip right over.  He also has very low muscle tone.Interestingly, we were told by a doctor that it's quite common for AS kids to have some degree of flatfootedness.  Gabriel has a mild case, but it doesn't seem to effect his walk, but maybe it could with a child who was more seriously affected.Tzoya Wrote:
Speak to the OT. Someone once told me that it's something that, if you saw
your child at a distance in silhouette, you'd recognize him because of the
peculiarity of the the way he walks or runs.

This is so true of my husband. Everyone comments on his gait even if they
are unaware of his ASD

Do all ASD kids walk different? Or should I say--all Aspergers or HFA kids walk different?

My son has never been delayed in gross motor. He is so very active and coordinated.

I know its not a diagnosing factor or in the criteria. But how many kids with AS or HFA DON'T have the typical features of AS?

I guess I ask because my son doesn't "appear" like your typical AS kid. No professor thing, no weird voice, no clumsiness. He actually appears like a NT kid but with social, behavioral, anxiety/OCD, limited interests, and expressive language delay.

Jake actually has already been seen by a physical therapist, and said to have a gross motor delay. He'll be starting physical therapy sessions on Wednesday. His walk and run is so odd, and very noticible. I'd definately be able to pick him out of a crowd easily!!! I'm just wondering if that's more likely to point to an Asperger's diagnosis or not.Parker has a clumsy gait.He walks with his arms out a little, never down by his sides. His OT says that he has low muscle tone all over. He still walks like a baby(well he still is a toddler)but the OT said that if he doesn't improve over the next year or so,that he should be seen by an Orthopedic Surgeon.His dx is Classic Autistic Disorder. From what I understand,having a clumsy gait is common with ASD.Levi is very graceful--unusually so--but he has very hard footfalls.