Tourette Syndrome Child
Problems may be mild to severe. They can occur suddenly and the length of time they last can vary. Tics may ease during times of focus or distraction. They may happen more often during times of stress.
A person may have:
Movement tics, such as:
- Eye blinking
- Facial grimacing
- Head jerking
- Arm or leg thrusting
- Touching things or other people
- Twirling around
Vocal tics, such as:
- Throat clearing or coughing
- Grunting, yelping, or barking
- Saying words or phrases that do not make sense in a given situation
- Saying obscene or socially unacceptable words
There is no cure. The goal of treatment is to manage tics. This will include care providers who specialize in TS.
Treatment options may be:
- Education to help the person, family, school, and others learn about the syndrome
- Behavioral therapy, such as habit reversal training and cognitive behavioral therapy
People with severe symptoms may also need medicine. It may lessen tics in some people.
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