Originally Posted by JohannasGarden
My DS (who also has Tourette's Syndrome and Asperger's) does not usually meet diagnostic criteria for OCD, but it's definitely something we have going on.
This is so interesting, b/c this is where we are right now. Dd does go through periods of having obsessions or compulsions, but these phases don't seem to last long-I mean, it's not a constant thing, it's not like we'll know she's obsessing daily for months or her compulsions don't seem to last a long time or we don't notice them maybe. So, she never meets the diagnostic criteria for OCD. It's a thing that comes and goes-which kind of leaves us both relieved and confused (or perhaps we don't know what's going on inside her, so we can only say the outwardly visible compulsions or obsessions she tells us about seem to come and go). Your post was very helpful.
I think for us, the main thing is to *not panic* ourselves. It's so easy to get really frustrated or freaked out watching our child go through this, but staying calm is more helpful to her.
I will say that Tamar Chansky's Freeing Your Child From Anxiety
has helped us a lot. Also, when dd had a very bad wiping/toileting compulsion thing going on (which caused every trip to the bathroom to take 20 agonizing minutes complete with meltdown), her psychologist worked with her to set up a sticker chart. Every time she asked
for something to do after using the bathroom (something that required her to think about something else-counting backwards, spelling backwards, doing a chore, whatever), she got a sticker (so she got a sticker for each attempt at utilizing a coping skill). 3 stickers got her a treat (candy, activity, other--realistic and readily available) of some sort. She'd do the thing she asked to do, most of the time, which would help her move on from her compulsion. This approach very
quickly brought that compulsion to an end.