One of the more unique things about Kaitlyn is the way that she walks. Looking back on it now, her “style” is part of what led us to get her evaluated in the first place, and was part of the cementing of the diagnosis. It is just one of the “quirks” that makes her who she is.
Kaitlyn walks on her tip-toes. A lot. In fact, she is probably like that a vast majority of the time that she is upright. It is not just a barefoot thing. She walks that way in flip-flops, sandals, and tennis shoes.
I can’t say for certain that I know the exact reason that she does it, but I bet it has something to do with sensitivity to touch. The bottoms of her feet must be extra sensitive for some reason, and she feels most comfortable walking the way that she does. Whatever the reason, Amber and I have never tried to “break” her of walking that way. It is part of who she is.
I don’t know if she will ever grow out of walking on her tip-toes, but one thing I am almost certain of is that she has stronger calves than most kids her age. Maybe that is what makes her such a good runner…good drive and kick from her calves.