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  • The Normalization Process

    Tourette Syndrome is a lifelong condition affecting many aspects of children and their families lives.

    One strategy for parents of children with a chronic condition is to raise their children as they would raise a child with no health concerns.

    This strategy is called the normalization process.

    Normalization is described as a constant process of active accommodation to the changing physical and emotional needs of the child or adolescent.

    Strategies used include seeing their families as normal, maintaining or returning to usual family routines quickly, and re-framing negatives of Tourette Syndrome.

    Tell us your strategies to provide a normalized existence for your child and the rest of your family.

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    The Normalization Process

    What a great topic!

    In the days, not that long ago when Tourette was not widely understood by most people, children who were afflicted with the disorder were made to feel it was a central focus of their lives.

    Attention would be drawn to their tics by well meaning parents and teachers who thought if they would remind or reprimand the child, the child could "break their bad habit".

    Even today, we hear of parents trying to overcome their child's tics with various forms of attention, including punishment.

    re-framing negatives of Tourette Syndrome.
    What would be some practical examples of re-framing?
    Steve
    TouretteLinks Forum

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    • #3
      The Normalization Process

      What would be some practical examples of re-framing?
      I think some examples are having ADHD helps with multitasking. Especially in today's world where multitasking is a necessity.

      Having a child with a chronic condition forces you to be a better and more involved parent. Having to intervene in the school process to advocate for your child.

      Having multiple tics could also mean you are a better dancer.

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