Autism and Asperger's - new research

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Marguerite, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    A program on Aussie TV tonight was dealing with new observations in autism and Asperger's Syndrome, and how people walk. Fascinating! We had difficult child 3 watching it as well. He said, "I don't walk that way!"
    husband said, "You do, you know."

    Here is the link, with full transcript and also the film clip. The segment went for a bit over 5 minutes.

    Last edited: Oct 16, 2008
  2. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Wow! That's fascinating.
    difficult child has a walk very similar to that of the child in the film clip.

    Interestingly, neither Little easy child nor I walk like that. I suspect a detailed analysis of our gait using computer imaging might show some of it, but it's not pronounced. I wonder...could the dance classes I took starting at 4 and Little easy child's martial arts, started at 4 as well, have contributed to lessening this tendency in us?

    Both of us, as well as difficult child, have the hypermobility that has been mentioned in a number of recent studies on physical manifestations of autism.

    I'm very interested to see the results of further research in this area. Wow!
  3. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Very interesting! Thank you!
  4. SearchingForRainbows

    SearchingForRainbows Active Member


    I also found this film clip fascinating!!! difficult child 2 definitely walks this way too. I really don't notice it in difficult child 1, also an "Aspie," but I'm sure a detailed analysis of the way he walks would probably pick up something.

    In fact, when difficult child 1 was in kindergarten, a friend, who is a pediatric nurse, thought his walk was a bit unusual. At the time, neither one of us thought to probe further into what she observed. Looking back, it probably had to do with the fact that when comparing difficult child 1 and difficult child 2, difficult child 1 seemed "normal" or "typical" compared to his brother.

    I think Trinity may be on to something by thinking that her dance classes and easy child's martial arts classes started at 4 years of age, may have helped their gaits appear more "typical."

    Anyway, thanks again for posting this. It is fascinating. I'm going to mention this to difficult child 2's developmental pediatrician as he has an appointment coming up soon. WFEN
  5. Jena

    Jena New Member

    wow, ok that was really strange that's my little girl. her feet also turn in as of late we are noticing.
  6. Pookybear66

    Pookybear66 New Member

    Interesting Marg, thanks for posting it!
  7. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Hmm. My son has one foot that turns in. We spoke to the pediatrician yrs ago about it but he said he had little or no success with-leg braces so we decided to leave it alone.
    It does not interfere with-difficult child running the bases at baseball. At least, so far.
  8. Estherfromjerusalem

    Estherfromjerusalem Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Marg. That was very interesting.

    Love, Esther
  9. Very , very interesting. Thanks for the post!

    Years ago, when difficult child first began to walk, my Mom shook her head and said, "he walks just like his father". I never really understood what she meant by that statement - apart from the fact that difficult child is, as they say, "the spitting image" of his dad. But this has me wondering..
  10. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    I said to husband last night, "I wonder if tis is connected to the toe-walking that a lot of these kids also do, when learning to walk."
    difficult child 3 didn't do that, though.

    The hypermobility issue - all three of our younger kids are very hypermobile. So is husband. At difficult child 3's drama class, I'd say at least half the autistic/Aspie kids are hypermobile also.

    difficult child 3 & I are about to head out the door to a research study at Sydney Uni, on oxytocin. It's the preliminary interview for an initial double-blinded study. I'll let you know how we got on when we get back tonight.