Tourette’s Syndrome Awareness Month

Tourette’s Syndrome Awareness Month is May 15th-June 15th. In honor of that and the fact that I love someone very close to me who has Tourette’s Syndrome; I’ve decided to share more of his story here today!

Meet my son Jelani!

My 11 year old son Jelani who has ADHD & Tourette’s Syndrome.

My son has ADHD & Tourette’s Syndrome. For those who aren’t familiar with our story and journey with both these disorders; you can find previously written articles here, here, here, here and here.

What is Tourette’s Syndrome

Some facts about Tourette’s Syndrome are as follows:

Tourette syndrome (abbreviated as TS or Tourette’s) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that begins in childhood or adolescence. It is characterized by multiple movement (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic. Common tics are blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements. These are typically preceded by an unwanted urge or sensation in the affected muscles, can sometimes be suppressed temporarily, and characteristically change in location, strength, and frequency. Tourette’s is at the more severe end of a spectrum of tic disorders. The tics often go unnoticed by casual observers.

A Follow Up Conversation

As highlighted at the opening, my son and I had a conversation about his life with Tourette’s Syndrome last year in 2019. Today we’re revisiting that conversation now that he’s older, in a new school and has more experience with his disorder. I hope that this conversation is insightful and opens up the floor to learning and a safe space to ask questions for both parents and children!

Until Next Time,