Signs of Tourette Syndrome
What the signs of Tourette syndrome are
There are almost always signs of Tourette syndrome before age 21. The first signs are usually between ages 5 and 11.
You might notice that your child "tics" more at certain times, or at certain places. Often, children try hardest to hide their tics at school or other public places. But they may "tic" a lot at home, where they feel safest.
There is no cure for Tourette syndrome. But the tics often get better as the person gets older. The tics don't usually go away completely, for the rest of the person's life. Sometimes they go away for a few months at a time, and come back when the person has more stress in his life.
Some people with Tourette syndrome can learn to control their tics a little bit. They may be able to stop themselves from having tics when they don't want to have them, like in a classroom or at a meeting. But they can't stop the tics completely. And the tics might be worse when they finally do have them. It's like trying to stop yourself from sneezing. You might be able to stop yourself from sneezing for a few minutes, during a speech or a concert, but in the end you'll still need to sneeze.
How to find out if your child has Tourette syndrome
The doctor will ask you some questions:
Your doctor might do tests on your child to rule out other problems:
Deafness does not cause Tourette syndrome! If your child is getting teased or having trouble in school, and you think tics might be part of the problem, keep trying until you get help for your child!
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