Tourette's Syndrome

  • Tourette’s is a neurological disorder which affects children and adults.  It is not contagious, and it is not a mental disability.  
  • Tourette’s Syndrome symptoms generally appear in children between the age of 2 and 15.  Boys are 3 to 4 times more likely to have the disorder.   
  • People with Tourette’s experience a sudden, overwhelming urge to say or do something which is involuntary.  This is a daily struggle every minute of the day to control the uncontrollable.  
  • Ticks are involuntary behaviors such as blinking, shaking the head, uncontrollable grunts, and bizarre outbursts.  
  • Some cases are mild, and the symptoms improve with many children.  
  • There is no cure for TS, but as children get older, it can be easier to control.
  • Ticks can sometimes be controlled, but it is uncomfortable for kids not to let them out.  (This would be likened unto a person who tries to ignore a sneeze coming on.)  
  • Medication.  There are medication and behavioral treatments for Tourette’s.  
What You Can Do
  • Educate your family, neighbors and teachers about what to expect.  
  • Inform school substitutes who usually do not understand a student with Tourette’s.