Toe Walking And The Autistic Child...

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Toe walking has been observed at some time in the great majority of autistic children.   Parents and professionals alike have long sought to explain this behavior.   Although I have no way of proving this, it appeared to me that this behavior seemed to occur when Zachary was constipated.   Thus, I came to wonder if "toe walking" was simply tied to issues with "potty training" and the child's inability to cope with the "parts" that make up "the whole" ... in this case, those things that physically need to occur for a child to go to the bathroom... the physical removal of "a part" of the child... his urine and stools... from the whole - his body.

Walking on toes creates a "firming sensation" in the buttock area and may simply be a coping mechanism used by the child to delay the inevitable separation of the "parts" from "the whole" as described above.  Can I prove this?   No.   This is simply based on my observations in my own son!  With so many things, however, when it comes to what we see in autism, often the answer to the problem is the simple answer! :o)

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