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    Unhappy My 5 year old son has started a variety of tics

    I have just come from the doctors and been told my son might have ADHD and has to be seen by a specialist plus he has tics It's not nice to see dan tics be related to ADHD

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    Default Re: My 5 year old son has started a variety of tics

    Welcome to the TSFC Forum, Gavel! Thanks for joining us.

    How old is your son and has he been definitively diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, or for now ADHD with Provisional Tic Disorder?

    What if any treatment options have been suggested by the specialist?

    How can we be of assistance?

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    Default Re: My 5 year old son has started a variety of tics

    the doctor said by looking at him said he thinks he has adhd but the tics are changing every couple of weeks hes had clearing of the throat and humming and then hand flapping and now flicking his arms out and nodding his head its seems to b calming down a little but still there im waiting for an appointment for him im just seeing if anyone has any advice for me being as this is new to me and ive never spoke to people on the internet before and thanks for replying steve

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    Default Re: My 5 year old son has started a variety of tics

    Will be glad to help with information and point you in the right direction, Gavel. I can understand this may appear to be daunting at first, but with information and support, we can try to lessen your concerns.

    By the way, I noticed you indicated your son's age in the title of your first post, which I overlooked initially.

    You should know that one out of three to one out of four children experience some form of tics during their growing up years which is why the specialist who saw your son may not have made a definitive diagnosis at this time.

    It is quite likely that at your son's age of five, he is not aware of his tics, because tics are involuntary, and at five, children do not have a matured sense of self awareness. Self awareness usually matures at about ten years of age.

    Have you noticed whether his tics become more frequent and/or intense at certain times of the day or under certain conditions?

    How is the reaction of other members of the family when your son tics around the house? Is everyone tolerant and supportive or do some members of the family become irritated by his tics?

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    Default Re: My 5 year old son has started a variety of tics

    It seems they come back more when he went back to school 2 weeks ago.

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    Default Re: My 5 year old son has started a variety of tics

    Quote Originally Posted by Gavel View Post
    It seems they come back more when he went back to school 2 weeks ago.
    Ant this would not be surprising as tics, even though they are involuntary, tend to be affected, both in frequency and severity by environmental factors.

    These environmental factors can be both internal and external. Examples of internal factors would be stress, fatigue and excitement. External factors could be things like social embarrassment from his tics....including teasing by playmates or reprimands and undue attention by teachers. Being alone could increase tic activity or an activity like watching television.

    On the other hand activities that require focused attention such as drawing, playing a musical instrument, singing playing a sport or an activity like juggling that requires focused concentration tend to reduce and even suppress tics entirely.

    So as you can imagine, returning to school where there is an element of uncertainty, a change in routine and perhaps even unfamiliar surroundings and new friends can cause enough stress and anxiety in your son to increase tic frequency and intensity.

    Does your son feel safe at home to tic whenever and wherever he needs without interference?

    Have you looked at the Forum section on ADHD for additional information?

    Another resource you can investigate is Tourettes Action in the U.K. to locate a local support group. Local support groups are especially helpful in identifying physicians and specialists in your local area familiar with tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome. This can be important because, unfortunately not all medical professionals have had sufficient clinical experience with tic disorders to adequately advise you on your sons treatment options.

    If you run into any difficulties with CAMHs, the TA Helpdesk ( 0300 777 8427) well as local support groups might be able to advise you on navigating the NHS system.

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    Default Re: My 5 year old son has started a variety of tics

    thankyou for replying steve , and thanks for the information

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