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My daughter's developed a habit of walking really strangely

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HM
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  • HM
    HM Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Hello Arlene
    I wonder if you've come across this behaviour and have any advice on possible solutions? My daughter is 16 with autism and attending a mainstream school with support. She is managing well and is mostly happy with the set up there. However, she has developed a habit of walking really strangely; she looks like she's been riding bareback for a week, or is possibly wearing a wet nappy! She says nothing is sore and dismisses my concerns and comments from staff at school. It is very probably a stress/control behaviour, but I don't want to discount physical causes. She has poor coordination and has always had a clumsy walk. But this is more extreme and I worry she will be a target for bullying.
    Thanks! Hazel
  • BusyOT
    BusyOT Community member Posts: 76 Listener
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    Hi Hazel, Sorry I missed your post last night. It's really hard to answer specific queries when I don't know the client. However I think I would want to completely check out all the health aspects with a GP and possibly a physio. If, as you suspect, it is a stress response I would try hard to identify the cause of the stress and attempt to alleviate it. If you think it might be a sensory issue you could ask your GP to refer to a specialist OT. Sorry I can't be more help.
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