Hello, this is my first experience as a blogger. I’m not sure what to expect from this, but I am hoping to gain outsiders’ information on the matter of Tourette Syndrome. My son is 7 years old and recently was diagnosed with this disorder.
He is adopted, and from the very beginning I noticed something just not “right.” We had a closed adoption, so his medical history is limited. He struggled with speech and sensory integration, and we chose to send him to a specialized preschool for early intervention.
As is the case with many other families, he has dealt with a darker side vs. the “typical child.” He deals with high anxiety, OCD traits, anger outbursts and all types of behavioral issues on top of his tics.
We noticed at a very early age — around 3 years old — that he would change a certain behavior almost monthly, which appeared to be triggered by anxiety. He would either sniff his fingers constantly, eye blink repeatedly, make a grunting noise or a sound repeatedly.
Now, unfortunately, he has learned some new-found language too soon for his age from friends up the street. His preferred morning ritual is to verbalize vulgar words to his family members for no reason — very frustrating as a parent. His doctor shared that consequencing him may only increase the behaviors.
Wow … what to do?! We are hoping for some inspiring words of encouragement and tools on how to handle our family situation vs. making excuses for what appears at times to be inappropriate choices.