Tourettes

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Tourettes

  1. 1. Tourettes By: Shaena Smith
  2. 2. *Symptoms* <ul><li>Symptoms fall into 3 categories: motor, vocal, & behavioral manifestations. </li></ul><ul><li>Motor Tics- Sudden body movements EX. Eye blinking, bending over & touching the ground </li></ul><ul><li>Vocal Tics- Sounds and words, not in the child’s control. Can occur many times throughout the day. EX. Sniffing, grunting, throat clearing, repetitive & involuntary. </li></ul><ul><li>People with tourettes tend to feel an urge or sensation in some part of the body & it feels irresistible. </li></ul>
  3. 3. *Less Common Symptoms* <ul><li>Inappropriate swearing </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate obscene gestures </li></ul><ul><li>Involuntary repetition of speech of others </li></ul><ul><li>Imitations of others </li></ul>
  4. 4. *Treatment* <ul><li>People with life disrupting symptoms can suppress them with drugs that affect the chemistry of the brain </li></ul><ul><li>Family counseling and psychotherapy can be useful to help cope with problems. </li></ul>
  5. 5. *Rate of Occurrence* <ul><li>Tourettes occurs in approximately 4-5 individuals per 10,000 people. </li></ul>
  6. 6. *Educational Ramifications* <ul><li>Children are teased because of their tics. </li></ul><ul><li>They may have trouble reading or writing, problems with math computations, or perceptual problems . </li></ul>

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