Receiving a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome can be a difficult and uncertain time, and families can have many questions about TS, such as how to find the right treatment, and how to tell others about living with TS.
This article is intended for parents of children with TS and anyone who wants to know more about TS. Readers will learn about:
· TS and its characteristics.
· Why it is important and how to educate your child, family and friends, school staff, and others about TS.
· Available behavioral treatments and medicines, and how to find health care professionals who are knowledgeable about treating TS.
Many people with Tourette Syndrome (TS) often struggle with social functioning when they have tics and other co-occurring conditions such as ADHD or anxiety. Motor and vocal tics may seem strange and disruptive to someone who is not aware or does not understand the range of TS symptoms. The term “social functioning” relates to how well someone does in social settings and their ability to get along with people and make and keep friends. Children with TS may lack social self-esteem and are often bullied because of a lack of social acceptability, particularly around middle school age.
This article has information to help clinicians and other professionals who work with children with TS. It discusses:
· Developing friendships and adjusting to social settings.
· Enhancing quality of life by addressing the underlying reasons for peers’ perceptions as well as self-perception.
· Establishing an individual’s strengths and weaknesses to determine the appropriate interventions.