Hi, since I've not done a formal introduction.....I'm Susan, mom to Ben (almost 10) and Emelia (almost 7). Ben is diagnosed with SPD only, nothing on the spectrum. But he has a lot of the same physical issues as a kid with autism including toe walking; body awareness issues; weakness in his trunk, arms and hands; gross and fine motor delays.... He's really doing very well despite these issues. He actually jump roped for 12 turns last week at PT, a huge improvement over a year ago. He has no behavior issues and thrives academically. So, my question is about toe walking. He's done it since he started walking and it has never let up. He's gone thru lots of testing over the years by an OT, PT as well as a pediatric neurologist. Everything has come back normal. He has tight tendons b/c he toe walks, not the other way around. He toe walks to get sensory input (some kids do it b/c they don't like the feel of their heal on the ground). We've done AFO's in the past and he's also had serial casting. After the casting, he walked normally for about two months and then slowly he built up enough strength to go way up on is toes again. It's totally unconscious, he does it w/o thinking. When he's reminded, he goes right down to flat feet but then he's right back up on his toes. We could go back to AFO's again, they force him to walk on his flat feet but he *really* hates them. He has never really taken to them and honestly, they make him more clumsy than he already is (the shoes are two sizes bigger than his normal and he already wears a man's size 9). I should mention to that he is VERY tall for his age, he was 5'3" at his last check up (I'm 5'9" and dh is 6'1, the ped assures me he's just tall and there are no medical issues around it). I keep thinking that at some point he'll just be too big to toe walk, that his body weight will be too much to hold up. He's only 95 lbs now and pretty thin for his height. I'm just wondering if anyone here has any experience with getting a kid to stop toe walking? I keep thinking that there must be *something* that I haven't come across yet to help. Thanks for any help you can give!