We are in this together !

You may have heard about Tourette’s Syndrome from a number of places – movies or television is a common source for most people in their exposure to Tourette’s. You will often see young children, and sometimes adults, with this disorder portrayed in movies or on television, spouting obscenities in a fashion that may seem utterly baffling to most people; it is particularly baffling to those who are complete uneducated about the actual Syndrome, what it does, and why it does it.

Even though you may not commonly encounter a person with Tourette’s Syndrome in your day-to-day life, it is still important to be well informed on what Tourette’s is and why it causes such behavior in those afflicted with the Syndrome.

However, if you are dealing with children who have this Syndrome, your need for information on Tourette’s becomes increasingly more urgent. What is this Syndrome? What is causing the child to have these involuntary behavior actions? How are you to deal with it? Are there any treatment options you can seek? How are you, as a parent, caregiver, or close family friend, to deal with the child? What can and can’t you do with this child? How will it affect your ability to go out in public with this child? Do all Tourette’s afflicted children act the same way? Do they all have the same tics?

As a parent with a child who has just recently shown signs of Tourette’s, you are undoubtedly feeling confused, frustrated, ignorant, and, let’s be honest, a little afraid. It’s not that you are afraid of your child, but you are definitely afraid for your child in his or her future. Calm down, take a deep breathe, and let this new information sinks in.

To start with, you will need to know more about Tourette’s in order to know how to deal with a child afflicted by it. Tourette’s in real life is not quite the same as Tourette’s in movies or television. For example, not all Tourette’s afflicted people experience the need to shout obscenities. This is usually done in movies and television for the effect – not for the accuracy.

We are in this together!

Mary

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© Mary Anderson 2017.