Tell me about your experience with them. Do they come and go in your child? Change over time? Does anything seem to impact the frequency?
My DS has a host of learning, behavioral, emotional, and medical issues (thankfully none severe, but put all together it's a lot to deal with) including a new dx of asperger's, along with motor tics involving the upper body. His other issues frankly make his life more challenging (as well as ours) and the tics are probably the least of his problems. The other kids haven't said anything yet or made fun of him for it, although I'm sure that's coming in the future (he's 8 now).
But for some reason, when his tics increase, my stress level about him and worry about his future increases, even though the tics themselves are supposedly harmless. It's just an outward sign of his disabilities and differentness, which I can sort of forget about on a good day when he's happy and not ticcing.
And FTR, we had a full neuro exam by a ped neurologist and a dev. ped. and they both say there is nothing to be done about it and it's not connected to another disorder that they can tell. For him there seems to be no correlation between the tics and stress, fatigue, etc- sometimes they are worse when he's happiest and most relaxed, and he can have none when he's under lots of stress.
So how do you deal with it emotionally? At what age did your child become aware of it? Do they eventually outgrow them? Are there any efective alternative treatments? It is hard to watch my beloved child's body out of control, and not beat myself up about what I may have done during pregnancy, or by giving too many vaccines, to cause it.