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Bullying Prevention & Tourette Syndrome

As in any diagnosis that would set a child apart from their classmate, having a tic or Tourette disorder can, unfortunately, make your child a target for bullying. While that increases the likelihood, unfortunately, bullying can happen to children of all shapes, sizes, and personalities.  Even more complicated, bullying can…

Social Concerns Related to Tourette Syndrome

Occasionally children with Tourette Syndrome can demonstrate difficulties with peer and adult social relationships. Having appropriate social skills is an important part of development, peer relations and school success. Many times, children with poor social skills can be extremely bright, but are limited in school because of their delayed social…

Benefits of Rehab Services for Management of Tourette Syndrome

Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy services are skilled trained professionals that assist in the rehab process of various conditions throughout one’s lifespan. Rehab services are widely and commonly utilized for management of orthopedic conditions such as pain, broken bones or developmental delays in various forms. Occupational Therapy is now becoming…

Strategies for Homework Success with Tourette Syndrome

Completing homework after school can be difficult with those children who suffer from Tourette Syndrome. Tics, themselves, can create difficulties with school work, but the comorbid conditions of attention difficulties, learning difficulties and/or compulsions, homework can be even more difficult. A lot of children tend to be “wired” after school…

Parkinson’s Disease and Muscle Rigidity

Muscle rigidity (also known as muscle stiffness) is one of the four cardinal symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is often one of the chief complaints of patients with PD. Muscle rigidity can have an effect on a patient’s ability to complete daily activities including getting dress, brushing their teeth, or…

Tourette Syndrome and Work Modification

People who struggle with tics and Tourette Syndrome, are not only children. Adults can have tics as well. Tics can present throughout adulthood in a small population of those with chronic tic disorders, such as Tourette Syndrome. As an adult with Tourette Syndrome, problems can arise in situations such as…

Bullying Prevention with Tourette Syndrome

As with any diagnosis that would set a child apart from their classmate, having Tourette Syndrome can unfortunately make your child a target for bullying. Some possible signs and symptoms of bullying can include (but are not limited to): –          Increase in frustration –          Not wanting to go to school…

Dysgraphia and Handwriting Difficulties related to Tourette Syndrome

  Dysgraphia is defined as difficulty with handwriting (as seen above), regardless of the student’s ability to read.  Dysgraphia is not always related to an intellectual disability.  Handwriting can appear distorted or very difficult to read.  Dysgraphia typically is present around initial stages of learning to write.  In…

Techniques to Improve Sleep Patterns of Children with Tourette Syndrome

Children who suffer from Tourette Syndrome can have a high likely-hood of having difficulty falling asleep at night.  This can be due to the comorbid condition of Sensory Integration Dysfunction.  Listed below are several strategies to explore at night to assist with the sleeping process.  Before completing any of the…

Strategies for School Success with Tourette’s/Tics

The start of the school year can be a stressful time for any student, but for children with Tourette’s or Tics, it can be particularly difficult.  Social anxiety, stress of testing and the business of school activities can create havoc for a child with tics.  During this time, you might…