Sunday 5 July 2020

Autistic Feet

Hey readers,

My feet hurt today as a result of overusing them yesterday. I know so what?! 

Here is the thing why I am talking about my feet is the fact I am autistic you see and my feet posture is not very good.

 I have always had problems with standing and the way I coordinate my feet with walking.

I am so clumsy as well when I walk. I am guaranteed to trip up even if there is nothing there. 
The amount of bashing my toes into stuff and cursing under my breathe is unreal. My husband affectionately finds it funny.

I also shuffle my feet, especially when I am stressed. I am constantly getting told stop shuffling your feet like I am some kind of child.

You don't realise how hard it is to put one foot in front of the other. It can be really challenging. 

I never really thought about my physical problems when I was younger and now as an autistic adult, I am still learning.

It is my arms I struggle with - not really knowing what to do with them when I walk. I find them painful and just frustrating. It is like I have to train my mind to swing my arms when I walk. It is so difficult as I am rubbish at doing two tasks at the same time.

One of the major problems that I struggle with as an autistic person is using my spacial awareness skills and navigating around objects and people.

 I am not good at forward planning especially in a busy place where I am over stimulated with the sensory information. 

Sometimes, I get so overwhelmed that I need to sit down and take a moment to take a break because of how mentally exhausting it is.

If I don't think about my walking and focus on it, I really struggle with bumping into things or trip up.
We as a human are meant to learn this skill at an early age and it to be developed. 

Therefore not having to think about it as it is a long term in implicit memory. It is wired in the brain so you don't have to think about it, it is second nature. 

 Being an autistic person we miss out on this opportunity and I do wonder before language evolved how many humans died due to lack of 'natural' skills due to having a different way of thinking.

So, therefore if you do wonder why do us autistic people get SO tired this is a little insight because we have to constantly work our arses off and remembering all these 'natural' rules that people take for granted.

Cheers for reading X
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  1. Awww bless you... and your achy feet. It's really interesting to hear your experience of this, and hopefully sharing it has not only been a relief for you, but also maybe a help to someone else wondering why they too feel this way. Make sure you stick those feet up for a rest and thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeamLinky xx

  2. An interesting insight into an aspect of autism that might be overlooked. Thanks for sharing with us at #dreamteamlinky

  3. Thank you for sharing your experience, it's interesting for me to read, and it's important for people to understand that there are so many little things which autistic people often have to work at on a daily basis. It's not just about noises and itchy clothes, there are loads of different things, such as all these motor skills and coordination issues. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS, hope you come back again next time! x

  4. I never know this was an characteristic of autism. I hope you’ve rested your feet.

  5. I had no idea that this could be a problem so I have learned something from reading your post. Well done for highlighting the issue and making people aware - I hope your feet are feeling better! #KCACOLS

  6. Spatial awareness is so interesting as you say its not something I had ever thought about until I see how different it is for my kids (both autistic). One has incredible spatial awareness and can fly over a room full of things on the floor, the other is always bumping into things and tripping over his own feet. Amazing how different we all are #KCACOLS

  7. I love this. My son is always falling over his feet and bashing into things (and asking why we have thing everywhere that are easy to walk into). He fell over a lot as a child but it was only after he was diagnosed that we understood why. He's still a tip toe walker too a lot of the time and this is making it even more challenging. Thanks so much for spreading this awareness and hope to see you on the next SpectrumSunday this weekend.