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Bea
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09 Feb 2008, 9:51 pm

When my son (young adult) walks, he doesn't swing his arms at all.
I know he's dyslexic and dysgraphic, I'm wondering now that he might
also be an Aspie. Is lack of arm swinging an Aspie/autistic trait?



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09 Feb 2008, 9:54 pm

Wouldn't that fall into the category of 'awkward gait'?

People have critiscized me for this too, as I either swing my arms too much or not at all and the way I walk doesn't look 'normal'.



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09 Feb 2008, 9:54 pm

I usually have to reming myself to swing my arms. It just seems unnatural.


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09 Feb 2008, 10:00 pm

That, and it takes unnessessary physical effort and distracts from thinking.



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09 Feb 2008, 10:16 pm

That was one of the first things noted when I was assessed for autism.


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09 Feb 2008, 10:24 pm

anbuend wrote:
That was one of the first things noted when I was assessed for autism.


Thank you. I'm going to send my son the link to this website.



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09 Feb 2008, 10:38 pm

Yep, I always have to remind myself to swing my arms while walking. It just doesn't feel natural for me at all. It is so much extra effort, I don't know why most people do it naturally. I have AS and Dysgraphia, by the way.



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09 Feb 2008, 10:40 pm

Bea wrote:
When my son (young adult) walks, he doesn't swing his arms at all.
I know he's dyslexic and dysgraphic, I'm wondering now that he might
also be an Aspie. Is lack of arm swinging an Aspie/autistic trait?


It could be an aspie trait...or dyspraxia [thats if he has other "severe" motor-coordination problems]. It could be a lot of things...but if you want to be sure, then you should go and see a doctor about it, as no one here is really fit to make a diagnosis.


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10 Feb 2008, 12:02 am

SilverProteus wrote:
I usually have to remind myself to swing my arms. It just seems unnatural.

LOL. Mine just sort of flop when I walk. (I just walked the loop around the house to reassess.)
(edited to add additional thought) At work though I usually find myself holding hands/arms in strange poses when walking- arms at 90 degree angle with stiff hands/ thumbs out. Definitely not swinging in usual NT fashion.



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10 Feb 2008, 12:04 am

That's what pockets are for, they hide the clenched fists and rigid arms that make us look like angry Cavepeople. :D



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10 Feb 2008, 12:10 am

When I went through a very depressive state after a Haldol injection, I didn't swing my arms much.



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10 Feb 2008, 12:58 am

I was made fun of for the way I ran too, but I don't exactly know what was peculiar about the way I ran. My cousin once commented that I "... run like an ostrich."

On a side note, I can't help but wonder which way of running will produce the lowest drag coefficient times frontal area; that would be a possible way to run faster, if you can keep taking long enough strides while running.



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10 Feb 2008, 2:06 am

When I was a kid I didn't move my arms when walking. I thought was more evolved then other humans - they swung their arms like monkeys in trees. Here is an episode from Seinfeld about a woman who didn't swing her arms when walking.

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Seinfeld Episode #822 -- "The Summer Of George"

[A woman comes walking by, with her hands hanging still besides her.]

Elaine: Who's that?

Dugan: That's Sam, the new girl in the counting.

Walter: What's with her arms? They just hang like salamis.

Dugan: She walks like orangutan.

Elaine: Better call the zoo.

Dugan: Reer...

Elaine: What?

Walter: ssssss...

Dugan: Cat-ty...

[Jerry's apartment. Jerry and Elaine. George is watching TV.]

Elaine: It's like she's carrying invisible suitcases.

Jerry: Like this? [imitates the walk]

Elaine: Yes, exactly.

Jerry: That's so strange.

[Later in the show in Elaine's office. She is at her desk talking to Sam.]

Elaine: Sam, listen I'm so sorry about the other day.

Sam: No, don't apologize Elaine. I was thinking that maybe I should swing my arms a little bit more.

Elaine: See, yeah, that's all I was saying.

Sam: How's this [Sam hits a pen case out of the table], or this [swings a paper holder of the table and starts to clear the table left and right].

Elaine: Well, you seem to be getting a hang of it...



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10 Feb 2008, 2:29 am

I walk like this. I also walk holding the strap of my backpack while the other hand is holding onto my shirt. I always make an effort to try to walk "normal", but then I begin to feel uncomfortable and revert back to this style. I also can't walk without looking at the floor.

I can't even figure out what foot to start off with. :?



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