7yo almost impossible to walk with. Always spinning, side-stepping, going backwards etc? Is it common?

(25 Posts)
Meglet Sun 02-Mar-14 18:09:59

DS is so hard to walk anywhere with. Taking him to town is so stressful as he will flail his arms around, spin while he's walking, almost bump into people because he's not paying attention etc. Escalators are a minefield because he often starts jumping around, going backwards and nearly falling off.

I am forever telling him to walk sensibly and not bump into people, explaining he might get hurt, they might get hurt (or angry) etc. Going anywhere busy is getting me down TBH. His 5yo younger sister is also a handful though, she has a referral to a paediatrician for SN in the spring.

He should be able to walk along a pavement by now shouldn't he confused.

smegheeeeeed Sun 02-Mar-14 19:37:08

yes my son did this all the time, its a bloody nightmare, if there was any space anywhere he would even do hand springs!
He is now 23grin and still seriously weird and very high energy but he is also extremely clever and sometimes I think these traits go hand in hand.

Meglet Sun 02-Mar-14 19:53:06

DS is a clever little sausage too. Which is why I can't understand why he can't understand why he needs to walk sensibly (does that make sense). I've tried the 'how to talk' stuff, turned out it was how I spoke to them anyway <sigh>. I sometimes watch other peoples children walking along nicely and get quite choked up because mine won't. I got home and burst into tears the other day sad.

I can relax in big OPEN spaces, like a field or the beach. He can't bump into people there. TBH we're all hyper in this family. I probably didn't help by going to the gym throughout each pregnancy. The dc's don't know what it's like to be still hmm.

OneToThree Sun 02-Mar-14 19:55:47

My ds 7 is like this too and it really gets on my nerves. He also is quite clever so there might be something in that? Dh says that walking normally is far too boring for him, he needs to make it more interesting.

RandomMess Sun 02-Mar-14 19:56:03

I know something that could help his behaviour, humour me and do this questionaire (no I'm not touting for business, but this treatment massively helped 2 of my dds)

Just come back and say how many yes' he scores

www.inpp.org.uk/intervention-adults-children/inpp-assessments/child-screening-questionnaire/

girliefriend Sun 02-Mar-14 19:59:02

Think its fairly normal tbh, I have an 8yo dd and avoid taking her into town if at all possible!! She somehow manages to skip/ run/ jump/ hop but never just walk around the shops!!

girliefriend Sun 02-Mar-14 20:02:53

My dd got 9 yes's - is that o.kay? confused

Meglet Sun 02-Mar-14 20:04:45

8 yes'.

Upsides- He's working at higher than average levels for reading and maths. And despite having his thumb wedged in his mouth for the best part of 7yrs has excellent speech and conversational skills. I have no idea how he's managed that one confused.

RandomMess Sun 02-Mar-14 20:05:40

yes it's okay it just means that neuro developmental delay would help massively. Unfortunately INPP offer a hideously expensive programme whereas the practicioner I use is inexpensive in comparison. He practises in Petersfield and Windsor so depends whether you live locally.

Probably means your dc have overly high levels of adrenalin production and the treatment calms this down which then calms them down.

RandomMess Sun 02-Mar-14 20:06:37

Meglet I thought of you because I saw you live in Hampshire so presumably Petersfield not a million miles away????

Badvoc Sun 02-Mar-14 20:07:00

My ds went to inpp.
Was amazing for him smile

Meglet Sun 02-Mar-14 20:08:20

My DSIS does think he's on the autistic spectrum somewhere though. TBH I've often wondered, but his little sister is so much worse maybe I don't notice his problems so much these days. I'm having an ASD assessment too, I wonder if I was like it as a kid.

RandomMess Sun 02-Mar-14 20:12:39

Honestly my colleague has finally taken her dc after he's been diagnosed with ADHD and aspergers, she can see the improvement already 7 weeks on. It's amazing. Read around the INPP site and google away - much more well known in Australia it seems.

Have pm'd you the practioner dontact details. It's about £70 per session I think, no £500 on reports nonsense smile we only needed 6 sessions and they are every 6-8 weeks.

ghostinthecanvas Sun 02-Mar-14 20:17:49

Oooft. 15 yes'

Op my lad is the same but no one is interested because he is clever and manages school. I just know something is not right. My DS isn't good at reading social situations either. Bit odd. He is starting to make friends now but they seem to be using him. I am keeping an eye on his friendships.

RandomMess Sun 02-Mar-14 20:21:00

sad ghost - honestly INPP can really really really help if you can afford it.

Anyone interested who lives near Windsor or Petersfield let me know and I'll pm you the email addy of the practioner I used. He's fantastic, teaches world wide and very inexpensive (compared to INPP). I was very sceptical and have become a convert!

crazykat Sun 02-Mar-14 20:25:51

My 6yo dd1 is like this. She never walks but hops, skips, spins, dances, goes backwards etc. I hope she grows out of it soon as I'm forever having to suddenly stop so I don't crash the buggy into her.

Meglet Sun 02-Mar-14 20:25:53

yes, we're Hampshire smile.

ghost same here. DS is a star at school.

RandomMess Sun 02-Mar-14 20:28:18

Hopefully you got my message, please think about it, will just make his childhood/life easier for him smile

ghostinthecanvas Sun 02-Mar-14 20:28:39

I will have a proper look at the website tomorrow. I need some help but it is so frustrating because he presents really well. I took him to CAHMS and he faked everything hmm He knows what people expect. He told me once that he is tired after school because it is hard work keeping still at school.
Thanks for the advice.

RandomMess Sun 02-Mar-14 20:30:30

I bet he's shattered sad - I can't believe 15 yes', they say 7 or more and it's worth having a full assessment!

duchesse Sun 02-Mar-14 20:41:54

Gawd, I just did the questionnaire for my now 20 yo, casting back to when he was 10, and he got 14 yeses. He was never investigated for anything because he was always average or better in school, but there is definitely something there which he may be slowly growing out of.

duchesse Sun 02-Mar-14 20:45:19

Random, can your Petersfield chap help young adults? If so, plse could I have his details?

RandomMess Sun 02-Mar-14 21:02:17

Yes he can help from toddlers to geriatrics! Will pm you.

Sparky17 Wed 09-Jul-14 00:44:09

RandomMess - I'm quite new to MN so still trying to work out how to do things! I have PM'd you as really interested in your practitioners details!! I'm worried you wont get the message. My DD scored 13 yes's - she's dyslexic, has visionary processing issues (blue overlays, and eye therapy), but I think auditory processing issues as well. I want to do some auditory therapy whilst waiting, and fighting, and waiting some more for a referral......many many thanks and hope you see this!

SittingInTheKitchenSink Wed 09-Jul-14 06:42:31

My 9 yo DS is a bit like this... he's always off in an imaginary world so he's always making faces, and sounds and moving his hands around as he walks around.
I think he just finds it less boring than walking down the street sensibly...
not sure if that helps really

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