My ds is 6- dx'd with an anxiety disorder and chronic tics. I think it is Tourettes but we do not yet have this dx. Sleep issues like crazy and I suspect ADHD.
I wanted to have him seen by a cognitive behavioral therapist and also by the movement disorder clinic, but the therapist our developmental pedi wants him to see isn't taking new patients right now (waiting list) and the appointment for the movement disorder clinic is AFTER school starts.
In Kingergarten his tics weren't as noticeable- eye blinking and touching his fingers to his mouth. Now he has a spitting tic and a head jerking tic. They really surfaced this summer. It's pretty severe, causes him physical pain, and looks seizure-ish.
He's starting a new school and I want to talk to someone about ways to ease his transition and also inform his classmates. I wanted to give a brief presentation to his class, or have his teacher do it, as ds would not yet feel comfortable doing this himself, on what tics are and maybe even famous people who have tics/ts. I want to explain it's caused by the brain, ds can't help it, share some of ds's interests and somehow build support for him. My ex thinks this is like putting a target on ds's back. But, kids are going to notice this anyways, wouldn't it be best if they knew what was going on (ds isn't always great at verbalizing what's going on with the tics.)?
I also want to have our developmental pedi to fax info about this to ds's school so discipline won't be an issue- thinking of the spitting tic- working with ds to spit into a tissue (he's currently spitting in his hands over and over.) But not punishing him for his tics.
Any other advice, ideas, comments? I could use them!