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Is Autism The Reason I Never Knew How To Dance?

Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how people see and experience the world. It is a hidden disability, which makes it difficult to understand from the outside looking in.”

Although there are different types of Autism, they all have similar symptoms which affect behaviour and social interaction in many ways. Most sufferers will find difficulty in speech patterns or language development but might not be able to vocalize what they want to say at all. For example, a child who has been diagnosed with Autism might become distressed when trying to communicate their feelings with you. They’re more than likely trying to tell you about their day or just asking for something such as food or water due to tiredness.

It’s not their fault that they’re struggling to communicate with you; it’s due to Autism.

There can also be physical symptoms, but not always. For example, somebody might find themselves walking on tiptoes or walking with their toes turned inwards, which isn’t necessarily the same thing as Autism. But if somebody is showing multiple signs of being diagnosed with Autism, this could indicate further concerns.


Yet, because of the common misconception surrounding Autism, it is often mistaken for other disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If a person has been diagnosed with Autism and ADHD, they will find that their symptoms differ from both diagnoses to an extent. Somebody who has been diagnosed with Autism will have a disruption in social interaction and communication, whereas somebody who has been diagnosed with ADHD might not necessarily have a disruption around behaviour or communication around others. Nobody knows exactly what causes these different disorders, but it’s important that you know the right questions to ask your doctor if you become concerned.

If your child is demonstrating these signs [give examples], then there can be certain ways in which you can help them. You could start by running through the list of questions below to see if they are covered, but if not, look out for your child is sensitive to any of these five basic senses.


Somebody who is autistic may find that their sensitivity to bright or flashing lights can be too much at times and therefore avoid those situations as much as possible. As a result of this, their learning ability might suffer because they don’t know how to deal with such bizarre distractions such as noise and light in their environment. Such feelings might disappear over time as the sufferer becomes more adjusted towards different ways of coping with it all – similar to somebody who has been diagnosed with vision problems and how eyesight could improve over time as a result of wearing corrective lenses.


Children with Autism have an incredibly heightened sense of hearing, which might result in them being confused or distracted by unusual sounds outside or even inside their home. It could also be the case that somebody who is autistic has difficulty understanding speech because they could perceive words differently than somebody without it. Therefore, you should know how to identify certain signs relating to their different sensitivities, and if they are not responding to something normal, you can seek help from your doctor immediately so that any concerns can be resolved ASAP.


Touching rough surfaces such as door handles could possibly hurt somebody’s fingertips after long periods of time – which wouldn’t usually bother people who don’t have Autism because it would be part of their daily routine. However, somebody who is autistic may find that routines are disrupted because they might not understand the reasons why certain things are happening – this could be down to sensitivity towards touch or even sound if they became too easily distracted by it.


somebody with Autism can smell an object before they actually see it – which is a rather unusual sense for somebody without Autism to have. But there’s nothing wrong with having an increased sense of smell as it’s just different…

Having said that, you may notice your child avoiding specific food and drink items because something about them doesn’t feel right in their mouth or throat, meaning that they would only eat the most basic of foods such as bread or cereal.


if your child is sensitive to certain chemicals or perfumes that they come into contact with, then it might be the case that you’ll notice them avoiding situations where different smells are around them. They could also avoid people who wear heavy perfume because of their heightened sense of smell – this would be an excellent example of somebody whose Autism makes life challenging compared to somebody who doesn’t have it.

Autism And Difficulty Dancing

It’s perfectly understandable for someone who doesn’t have Autism to want to know more about this topic because it may be the case that you have a friend or family member with an autistic child. If that is the case, then this article could be just what you are looking for – I should thank you for being patient enough to read through everything so far.


If your child has Autism, then they might find it challenging to dance in certain ways – which isn’t necessarily due to their oppositional nature. Many people will struggle with learning how to dance if they don’t enjoy the idea of doing so, but at least there is something out there that can help make dancing more enjoyable and stress-free. The key takeaway message here is that children (and adults) with Autism have a different way of coping with stress – this is often due to their sensitivities.

Autism can affect a child’s ability to deal with the demands of being in control while dancing, so it’s understandable if they want something which makes things more straightforward. There are some fantastic apps out there on mobile devices that help people learn about basic dance moves, but unfortunately, these products don’t exist for children who have Autism because most professionals might find it too difficult to get their heads around such a concept. Having said that, maybe you could look into what certain apps offer and see if any of them work well for your autistic child – I’ll bet that many parents would be grateful for your input! You should also know that there are certain people with Autism who find dancing to be the only thing that makes them happy – this is usually because there’s less social pressure involved, and that can help their self-esteem.

It’s essential for you as a parent to figure out what the best course of action is for your child, so take some time to think about what they enjoy most and how they would benefit from having an app that helps them learn about dance moves. Also, don’t forget that if one type of therapy or teaching method doesn’t work, then it might be worth trying another type instead.

Now I know why I always felt awkward at each and every school dance…


2 responses to “Is Autism The Reason I Never Knew How To Dance?”

  1. Alan Conrad Avatar

    My gut feeling is that you are right – that autism and dancing don’t go together. Dancing is, most of the time, part of group behaviour. But that doesn’t mean autistic people can’t enjoy movement.

    For example, all my life I’ve enjoyed running (I’m 75 now and I haven’t stopped) – I even run in my dreams and it’s even more of a pleasure there.


  2. […] There are many families who have more than one child with autism, and it is important to remember that just because autism may run in a family does not mean that each child will inherit the condition. Each child is affected by autism in their own unique way. […]


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