Well, it is official. As of this last month or so, my seven year old daughter
has started ticcing. It appears to be in her eyes, and she is also doing some strange throat noises, but I believe they are more a sensory issue than a true vocal tic. But the chances she just has motor tics are, well, most likely zero.
The reason I post this here is: Does anyone else know of a third generation DIAGNOSED with GTS? GTS is the Tourette gene group, that gives us the *wonderful* disorders TS, ADHD, and OCD. Yes, I know that if it is genetic then EVERY generation in my family had it somewhere. But I am wondering about diagnosis. I know some people who might qualify, but asking them about this poses a question, since they have to be willing to admit to having one of these disorders. In people old enough to have grand-children, this can be problematic.
And, of course, my hopes that Julianna would NOT have full blown TS are shattered. I cry a little bit about this, but really I am very hopeful, since I have been parenting her with the assumption she was ADHD and OCD, laying the ground work for therapy / intervention on her TS+. You could say I threw her in the pool and helped her get used to swimming way early. I hope it works. And of course, I am going to have to take some notes for a future book on the TS parenting perspective, from the view point that I knew she had it BEFORE she was born, and how that changed things. Hmmm. We'll see.
And more good news: I'm going to try to audio tape our discussions on TS, and see if I can use that as a framework for writing a book about talking to small kids about the fact that THEY have TS+. Nope, I do not think it will be easy. Or painless. But I have to try.