So, my little guy has been jumping and running compulsively across the living room and back for over a year now. Some vocalizing, with grunts and excited sounds so I started researching Tourettes which brought me to this website and forum. I was encouraged to see the doctor about my suspicions so we went to the gp in June, he referred us to a ped and we finally were able to get in yesterday.
Just like the gp, when he saw the video on the laptop he suspected autism, but after talking with my son the ped said his verbal and communication skills are advanced for his age, for this reason he said no way is it autism nor is it Tourette with just grunting while he jumps and runs. He said it isn't Tourette because he's not uttering phrases or nonsense words.
His did say my son is obsessive compulsive. I told him I could see the compulsiveness but what is his obsession? He said he is obsessed with keeping his little body moving. He enjoys it so much he wants to do it all the time and it?s my job to distract him with other things so it doesn?t get out of hand. Which makes me feel not so well, I have tried to distract him, his compulsion to do this behaviour is very strong. He didn?t mention ADHD or Sensory Integration disorders either. We talked about his sensitivity to textures and noise but the ped didn't relate it to his apparent OCD.
Can a doctor really diagnose my son in one 45 minute appointment? He said he could refer us to a child psychiatrist but that it wasn't necessary.
I don?t know exactly how to help him, all the ped said was to distract him when he?s been jumping and leaping too long or if it gets disruptive. Oh ya, and to get him preschool because ?kindergarten will be an awful shock? if I don?t. I said I might home school, he said it's not a good idea because he needs social interaction. This bothers me because he gets plenty of social interaction. Just speaking with the kid you can tell he's well adjusted socially.
I will make an appointment with my gp for a referral to someone who can help with OCD, because clearly I don't have a clue.