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Tourette's Disorder: Making Home and School Life Easier - Topic Overview

Changes at home

There are many ways you can help your child with Tourette's disorder at home:

  • Don't treat tics as willful behavior. Although tics can appear to be "on purpose" and can cause you frustration, do not punish your child for having tics, and try not to show any frustration you may feel. Doing so may increase your child's anxiety and cause more tics. Remember that your child cannot control his or her tics.
  • Alternate household tasks with free time.
  • Notice when your child's tics get worse. Sometimes you may be able to find triggers and can help your child work through them or avoid them. But tics associated with Tourette's disorder come and go, so it may be difficult to know exactly why they sometimes get worse. You can help reassure your child during these times by staying calm and helping him or her to relax.
  • Encourage your child to increase responsibilities at his or her own pace, since stress often makes tics worse or more frequent.

Changes at school

Teachers can help your child with Tourette's disorder if they:

  • Provide more time for your child to take written tests.
  • Allow your child to use a computer or to recite assignments rather than handwriting them if tics affect writing.
  • Provide a seat where there is little distraction and some privacy.
  • Allow for frequent rest periods when needed.
  • Set a good example for accepting your child. It is important for your child to have teachers who discourage teasing by responding quickly and firmly whenever it occurs.
  • Provide tutoring, time in learning labs, or special classes if needed.

Share your child's treatment goals with your child's teacher. And partner with his or her school so there is consistency across home and school in how Tourette's disorder is handled.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 22, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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