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You know you have a hypermobile child when...

(46 Posts)
BlackeyedSusan Sun 23-Oct-16 01:07:24

... you say:

"Dd take your toes out of your armpit; they do not belong there."

PolterGoose Sun 23-Oct-16 08:59:02

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ari11 Sun 23-Oct-16 19:11:56

when aiming for a football he kicks himself in the nose!!

imip Sun 23-Oct-16 19:40:07

When dd kneels on the floor, arches her back and lifts her feet to touch her eyebrows with the toes. I don't even know how to describe it, but it makes my stomach churn!

zzzzz Sun 23-Oct-16 21:24:12

When your child claps her shoulder blade to make you cringe.

And her sibling tucks her thumb behind her knuckles in response.

When fatigue after exercise is just what happens.

When every corner seat already has someone in it

BlackeyedSusan Tue 25-Oct-16 00:29:17

I had to tell asd child to stop kicking himself in the head today.

I used to freak out friends at school by w sitting and then lying down on the floor with legs still in that position. it would seem that that is not normal.

mumsnit Tue 25-Oct-16 21:03:24

DD can turn her body around and look at the back of her feet shock her trunk is the most hypermobile bit but agree the w sitting is also a bit cringy.

Does anyone else's hypermobile child also have weak vocal chords? DDs voice has gone by the end of the day and it often sounds like she's running out of breath when she's talking.

Zzzzzz we're currently in talks with school that when DD says she's tired....shes really tired!! Often they don't listen and make her carry on going in PE which is so harsh sad

youarenotkiddingme Tue 25-Oct-16 21:28:03

Black I can still sit like that now!

BlackeyedSusan Tue 25-Oct-16 22:58:51

tut tut youare

so can I

IcedVanillaLatte Tue 25-Oct-16 23:01:29

I can still bite my own toenails. Is that not normal? (Very mild hypermobility here.)

IcedVanillaLatte Tue 25-Oct-16 23:02:20

(I'm aware it's not normal to want to.)

zzzzz Tue 25-Oct-16 23:04:46

I can put my feet behind my head, so frankly I find your toenail biting impressively revolting but not impressively bendy. I have no idea how hypermobile I am. My joints ache (a lot) but I don't dislocate or anything too horrid.

IcedVanillaLatte Tue 25-Oct-16 23:05:12

Hey, I just tried the armpit toe thing! Either leg to opposite armpit is easy, but left leg to same armpit is hard (right is okay). Will have to remember that next time my feet are cold.

IcedVanillaLatte Tue 25-Oct-16 23:06:28

Exactly zzzzz - toenail-biting isn't much of a stretch; would've thought most people could.

zzzzz Tue 25-Oct-16 23:06:57

I think W sitting looks normal grin.

PE teachers are irritatingly uninformed, I would teach your child a bit of constructive slacking mumsnit wink

BestIsWest Tue 25-Oct-16 23:07:09

Just discovered I can tuck my thumb behind my knuckles thanks to zzzzz.

I have come late to the discovery that I'm hypermobile (aged 53) but it explains a hell of a lot of things.

I used to do the W sitting and lying down too, up until my 30s. Explains why my knees are knackered now.

ouryve Tue 25-Oct-16 23:07:43

We had a toenail biter, too.

The other one sits with his knees somewhere up by his ears

IcedVanillaLatte Tue 25-Oct-16 23:07:51

I'm not saying I do bite my own toenails…

zzzzz Tue 25-Oct-16 23:09:55

it must be a bit weird not to be able to flex though, don't you think. I can't imagine not being able to sit cross legged.

zzzzz Tue 25-Oct-16 23:11:15

(passes Iced a mint) we believe you smile

IcedVanillaLatte Tue 25-Oct-16 23:19:49

Is this what you meant, by thumb behind the knuckles, best? Once you said that, I gave it a go, but have to hold it in place (sad) to keep it there long enough for a photo. (Terrible phone, several seconds' delay, by which time, the damn phone's slipped sad). I can't say it's the most pleasant-looking thing I've seen my hands do.

zzzzz Tue 25-Oct-16 23:31:04

that's what dd does it. is. grosssssssss. grin

BestIsWest Wed 26-Oct-16 00:26:22

Yep, that's it.

PermenantLurker Wed 26-Oct-16 19:44:37

I'm probably being over sensitive here, & being unreasonable to spoil your lighter mood, but I'm feel a bit creeped by hearing my disability/the effects of my disability on my body as gross & stomach churning etc.

Probably me being unreasonable, but may be it might be worth thinking about it case it slips out in front of your kids?

I know we need to laugh rather than cry, but I know if anyone discussed my children's asd or effects of their asd this way it wouldn't be ok

Like I said sorry if I'm being over sensitI've, it's just grating on me

IcedVanillaLatte Wed 26-Oct-16 20:09:50

Sorry, Lurker. I think your feelings are valid and I don't think you're being oversensitive. It does cause problems, too - obviously mine's very mild, but it has caused knee problems that stop me running, among other things. I don't think it's gross, so much as… kind of funny-looking?

My friends and I do laugh about some of the weirder-looking things I do because of my ASD, too grin but I guess the important difference where you're coming from is between laughing at yourself and laughing at someone else. I loved it when I was a kid and I could gross people out with body contortions, so I think it really depends on the child and their feelings about it.

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