Son’s severe coprolalia keeps family at home too much

Our 14-year-old son, Kyle, has severe coprolalia. We don’t take him out to restaurants or stores or movies (of course) in order to be sensitive to families with young children. Does anyone have any ideas as to where we can go just to get out of the house? It is very depressing for him to be stuck at home all the time.

We did try taking him to his older brother’s high school lacrosse game, thinking that he would just blend in with the spectators. Unfortunately, he was shouting too loud and too often so he felt very uncomfortable.

At one point, a referee came over because they could hear him on the field. We explained, and the referees and opposing team were understanding, but I just don’t think even a sporting event is something we should take Kyle to again. Any ideas? Thanks so much!


  1. Wow, that is a tough one. What is your support group like? This just breaks my heart. How can we find a group for him to join so he’s not isolated?

    • Thanks for responding.
      We do have a support group but Kyle doesn’t like to go because when he sees or hears the other kids tic, that causes him to copy what they are doing. He told me he has enough of his own tics and doesn’t want to “learn” any new ones!
      He gets so stressed when we go anywhere which causes the vocalizing to worsen. His doctor just increased his anxiety med today, so maybe that will help.
      Thanks again!

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