Don't treat tics as willful behaviour. Although
tics can appear to be "on purpose" and can cause you frustration, do not punish
your child for having tics, and try not to show any frustration you may feel.
Doing so may increase your child's anxiety and cause more tics. Remember that
your child cannot control his or her tics.
tasks with free time.
Notice when your child's tics get worse.
Sometimes you may be able to find triggers and can help your child work through
them or avoid them. But tics associated with Tourette's
disorder come and go, so it may be difficult to know exactly why they sometimes
get worse. You can help reassure your child during these times by staying calm
and helping him or her to relax.
Encourage your child to increase responsibilities at his or her
own pace, since stress often makes tics worse or more frequent.
Changes at school
Teachers can help your child with Tourette's disorder if
Provide more time for your child to take
Allow your child to use a computer or to recite assignments rather than handwriting them if tics
Provide a seat where there is little distraction
and some privacy.
Allow for frequent rest periods when
Set a good example
for accepting your child. It is important for your child to have teachers who
discourage teasing by responding quickly and firmly whenever it occurs.
Provide tutoring, time in learning labs, or special classes if
Share your child's treatment goals with your child's teacher. And partner with his or her school so there is consistency across home and school in how Tourette's disorder is handled.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics