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My 4 yo is a speech-delayed child with no other known problems. He's very active, and acts like any other 4 yo boy, but I've been noticing over the past couple weeks that he grunts involuntarily.<br><br>
I've paid special attention to him over the last week and he does it all day long, no matter what activity he's involved with.<br><br>
Being the crazy, internet-happy mother I am, I looked it up and found that his grunting could be linked to Tourette's.<br><br>
Is 4 too young to be worried about it? Will he just grow out of this "tic" he has? I'm on the lookout for other quirks and there are times when, out of frustration, he'll do this screechy, "blahblublablaaaaaaa!" thing with his tongue going all over the place, but it's always seemed normal to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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My son also has a vocal tic. IIRC in order for a Tourette's Syndrome diagnosis a person needs to have both vocal and motor tics for an extended period of time (something like 1+ years). I'm kind of a tic-y gal myself, I have a few things that I've done for as long as I can remember (I remember doing somethings at age 3 that I do now). I really wouldn't worry about it unless it gets to the point that it interferes with daily life. Just my $0.02 though - someone else here may have more information specific to Tourette's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'll wait for more replies...
 

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My spectrum kiddo (pdd-nos, milder) has had verbal tic like things from time to time. I've not noticed anything movement wise that is tourette like rather than autism like (he went through long time when he would open and closes his hands a lot).<br>
He's not got any at this time--at least not that I've noticed but to be honest sometimes I've gotten so used to something that it isn't until a therapist points it out that I notice. I don't see it as tourette's like. I hope not as he doesn't need anything else to make life harder but it wouldn't surprise me as he has a family history of OCD and he clearly has ADD in addition to being on the spectrum.<br>
My son's isn't grunts...but he used to make a sort of ah sound similarly. I assumed it was a verbal stim and was told as much.<br>
If you're concerned maybe have a specialist consult?
 

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My son has a Tourette's dx, though probably if we'd been thinking autism at an earlier age, he wouldn't have gotten that dx.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about it, honestly. Even if it is Tourette's, it's usually not worth medicating for tics, actually (in rare cases people make jerks that will strain muscles, and sometimes the child feels really strongly about it). If there's an associated pattern of obsessive compulsive behaviors, that can be a different matter and you'll want to research it.<br><br>
I do think it's likely that the repetitive grunting is a tic, so the main thing you want to remember is to not make a big deal out of it, ignore it if possible, and prevent others from punishing or scolding him for anything likely to be a tic.<br><br>
Some neurologists recommend an MRI just to rule out the extremely remote possibility of a tumor in the basal ganglia--the leader of a board I was active on who certainly knows of thousands of people with TS had heard of one child where the cause turned out to be a tumor.<br><br>
Feel free to pm me if you want more info.<br><br>
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And about 10 % of boys have transient tics at some time during their childhood (eye-blinking, throat clearing, and sniffing are probably the most common, but grunts are up there). Tics frequently last 4-8 weeks. Tics are only a big deal when they are a big deal, and they usually aren't. The worst thing about most of them is that they can make people think your child is a little odd.<br><br>
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