TOE Walking in Autism & Tips to Manage TOE Walking at Home

Why do Autistic children TOE WALK?

It is a Pattern of walking, only on TOES with the heel off the floor.

Causative factors:

  • Tactile hypersensitivity
  • Vestibular dysfunction
  • Postural imbalance
  • Achilles tendon tightness
  • Retained tonic labyrinthine

Tips to manage Toe walking at home :

√ Multi-textured pathway:

Provide sensory diet to the sole by making kids walk on pathways of different textures like grass, sand, wool, pebbles, and so on.

√ Balance board activities and using Swings will help to improve balance and equilibrium through vestibular input.

√ Compensatory Toe walking is reduced by Strengthening abdominal and back muscles.

√ structural: Calf muscle stretching improves flexibility.

√ Positioning: Prone on the elbow helps in the integration of the tonic labyrinthine reflex.