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25 Nov 2011, 9:20 pm

^ XKCD hits close to home way too often. :)



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25 Nov 2011, 9:25 pm

I have been told many times that I walk funny. I hate it, because I don't know how to walk in a way that wouldn't be considered "funny".



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25 Nov 2011, 10:28 pm

I have seen myself walking on camera, and I realized that I do tend to walk like a penguin.


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26 Nov 2011, 6:51 am

:lol: XKCD. thats why i walk funny in train stations and shopping centres.
i bob/bend my knees too much when i walk and my gait is awkward and clumsy at times. got mocked for it so much in highschool.



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26 Nov 2011, 8:13 am

I think using the word ''everyone'' is a little harsh. I don't walk funny. I may sit funny, but not walk funny. I have a stooped neck but that's because of my build. But I don't walk funny otherwise.

I think it can depend on what clothes you're wearing. I saw a girl walk by me in the bus stop yesterday wearing high-heeled boots, and she was walking really differently and I couldn't help but notice.

I used to walk really hunched when I was at school, but that was because I wore a bag on my back, with heavy books inside, so it made me walk all hunched. Now I have learnt to walk with my shoulders up.


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26 Nov 2011, 8:21 am

SkipNip wrote:
Does everyone with autism have an abnormal gait? I've been told I walk like a penguin on steroids. Years ago before I was diagnosed my father was criticising me and said I intentionally walk like frankenstein to scare people lol.


there should be a rule that anyone who generalizes should be given a warning and banned after repeated offenses.

It bothers me and I find it offensive. Please stop it.


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26 Nov 2011, 8:44 am

One friend of mine who prides herself on being brutally honest has told me that I walk differently, that I seem to "have difficulty walking." :? I haven't noticed myself having difficulty walking, but that seems to be how it appears.
Another time, years back when I was doing my undergrad, I was doing an internship working with at-risk preschoolers, and I was given housing with another teacher in the school. She was talking to me about someone she knew who has cerebral palsy, and she asked me if I had cerebral palsy as a child. 8O
Another time, when I was working toward my Master's degree, I went to the subway after work to catch a train home. I got to the subway platform just as the train was pulling out of the station. A classmate of mine I'd had conversations with before had also just arrived on the platform started a conversation with me. I mentioned to her that I frequently seem to arrive on the platform just as the train is pulling out of the station. We continued our conversation, and a couple of minutes later, she asked me seriously, "Do you have some kind of disability -- with walking?" I just looked at her, and didn't know what to say. She seemed to realize she had put her foot in her mouth, because she quickly switched to a lighter tone, and said, "I mean because you're always missing the train."
One guy I went out with a number of years ago told me that I walk like I have weights on my ankles. Another time when I was out walking, a complete stranger told me to pick up my feet. Another time, a complete stranger told me to walk straight. People often seem to walk past me on the sidewalk.
I have a downstairs neighbor who's forever complaining about how much noise I make walking around my apartment. I stopped wearing shoes in my apartment, and started simply walking around the place barefoot. She still complains. She has said that when I walk around my apartment, it sounds like a big horse is walking. She remarked that I'm a petite woman, and she doesn't know how on earth I make such noise walking around my apartment. She claims that I must be doing it on purpose (I'm not) and has threatened to take me to court for harassment. 8O I have throw rugs strategically placed all around my apartment. I can't move all my furniture (I live alone, and I have very low upper body strength) and have some stranger come to my home to install wall to wall carpeting, so there's really nothing else I can do about that situation, except hope she doesn't make good on her threats.
In other words, yes, I definitely walk funny.


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26 Nov 2011, 9:07 am

Dae wrote:
I've got an 'about-to-kick-your-*ss' walk when I wear my lightweight, combat-like black 'boots' (at least, that's the facial reaction I see on others' faces while I'm approaching them...usually have to give some 'soft' verbals for them to understand I'm not looking for a fight).

lol. Sometimes I can't resist doing my fist clenching and teeth grinding stim while walking down the road and one day I was walking towards a man, I was kinda looking down so I could only see the lower half of his body so I took a quick glance up to see his face and he jumped back and put his hands up the way people do when they're saying they don't want to fight. I wasn't in a violent mood at all, I was just happily stimming away. I can see how me clenching my fists and grinding my teeth combined with my penguin on steroids walk might make me look angry and violent though I suppose.



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26 Nov 2011, 9:16 am

Something weird that happened is my younger brother started walking oddly like me too. Hes only 2 years younger than me and he probably looked up to me when we were teenagers since I had a reputation for fighting and stuff like that so I felt bad that he emulated something that was completely unintentional on my part. If I coulda walked normally I would have, I wasn't walking abnormally on purpose.

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I walk with my weight forward and I don't like to bend my knees, and my mom says I throw my feet out. The PT was trying to figure out what was up with my gait... as it turns out, some of it's from autism and some is from pain due to arthritis.

I went to an osteopath a few years ago and she said the muscles in my right leg are locked up. I never had any leg injuries I don't know how the hell that happened. Maybe thats why I have a strange gait, maybe my muscles locked up because I have a strange gait, I don't know.



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26 Nov 2011, 9:19 am

Yes I do, My running is worse, like a big clumsy chicken.



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26 Nov 2011, 11:16 am

SkipNip Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:07 am Post subject: Re: Do you walk funny?

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Dae wrote:
I've got an 'about-to-kick-your-*ss' walk when I wear my lightweight, combat-like black 'boots' (at least, that's the facial reaction I see on others' faces while I'm approaching them...usually have to give some 'soft' verbals for them to understand I'm not looking for a fight).

lol. Sometimes I can't resist doing my fist clenching and teeth grinding stim while walking down the road and one day I was walking towards a man, I was kinda looking down so I could only see the lower half of his body so I took a quick glance up to see his face and he jumped back and put his hands up the way people do when they're saying they don't want to fight. I wasn't in a violent mood at all, I was just happily stimming away. I can see how me clenching my fists and grinding my teeth combined with my penguin on steroids walk might make me look angry and violent though I suppose.
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Also lol...I'll have to check myself next time -- see if I'm clenching my jaw or such. :)


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26 Nov 2011, 12:33 pm

Yeah, I walk funny...I've been told that quite a few times. My own mother used to call me "graceful Gertie" and the Polish word for "cow" because of my clumsiness.

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26 Nov 2011, 1:30 pm

Yes I walk like a bit of a spaz, and I always bump into people and things. :lol:



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26 Nov 2011, 1:43 pm

I tend to walk fast. People have told me I walk like I am angry. If I don't walk fast, I tend to stagger and lose balance. I run into things a lot, either way.

I have terrible posture. I try to hold myself up but it feels like hard work. After going to a chiropractor and seeing x-rays of my spine, I realized I can't help it. I have scoliosis and my neck is way out of alignment.



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26 Nov 2011, 1:45 pm

I used to get laughed at, when I was at school, because of the way I walk (among other things). Apparently I walk like a duck. Several times as an adult people have asked how I injured myself and I've told them it's just the way I walk. Then they've laughed, as if they thought I was kidding.

My daughter has a gangly bouncy walk.


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26 Nov 2011, 1:45 pm

Not anymore.


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