Christine McGuinness, 31, previously admitted that she had seen similar signs of autism in her youngest son. And last week, the wife of Top Gear Presenter Paddy McGuinness went to Instagram to post a poem about all three of her children having the condition.
She said: “Recently, our youngest daughter, Felicity, was also diagnosed with autism, three years after the diagnosis of our twins Leo and Penelope.
"Going through this journey again still brings a little sadness to the knowledge that the three children will face challenges and difficulties that others will not face.
“We are here to love and support our three extra special children and I thank God every day that these babies are mine. Proudest mummy #Autism #AutismAwareness # 3superstars #KnowledgeIsPower. "
The news came after Christine previously revealed that she and Paddy believed the youngest had autism from a young age.
She said OK! magazine: "She impresses us with how smart she is, but we fully believe that she is on the spectrum".
Walking on tiptoes, or walking with the foot, is common in young children, three years or younger, but, according to the Autism Research Institute, walking with the foot, especially in children five years or older, is usually associated with neurological immaturity.
The website explains: “A dysfunctional vestibular system, a common problem in autism, can be responsible for walking the feet.
Signs in older children include:
- Seeming not to understand what others are thinking or feeling
- Finding it difficult to say how they feel
- Liking a strict daily routine and being very upset if you move
- Have a very keen interest in certain subjects or activities
- Get very upset if you ask to do something
- Finding it difficult to make friends or preferring to be on your own
- Taking things very literally – for example, they may not understand phrases like "breaking a leg"
If you think your child may be autistic, speak to:
- A GP
- A health victory for children under 5
- Any other health professional your child sees, such as another doctor or therapist
- Employees with special educational needs (SENCO) at your child's school