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    Hi!

    Any parents dealing with hitting or punching tics? My 8 year old hits/ punches when excited or socially nervous.

    This is a tricky one!


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    Default Re: Hitting, punching

    Have a look at the Anger Section of the Forum for relevant articles posted among the "sticky" posts at the top of the section.

    Additionally these articles and resources may offer some insights:

    Other Concerns and Conditions | Tourette Syndrome | NCBDDD | CDC

    Understanding Behavioral Symptoms in Tourette Syndrome

    Interestingly, these symptoms might also suggest sensory integration issues. To learn more about this topic, see the NJCTS archived webinar:

    MAKING SENSE OF SENSORY ISSUES HOW TO MANAGE HEIGHTENED SENSES AT HOME AND IN THE CLASSROOM

    NJCTS webinars are free. For more information about NJCTS webinars including the required Codec download, see HERE

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    That sounds rough. Does he seem angry when he does it, or is it just a tic, like a head shake is just a tic?

    Sometimes my son will have a flash of anger and throw things. Sweep everything off the night stand. That sort of thing.

    I have been reading the Leaky Brakes website a lot lately. They have a nice pdf about rage: http://www.cpri.ca/uploads/section00...rakes_rage.pdf

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    No rage. Joyful.


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    Default Re: Hitting, punching

    Quote Originally Posted by tlpatzer View Post
    No rage. Joyful.
    Not sure if I understand what you mean....are you saying your son does not exhibit signs of a rage reaction?

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    No signs of rage yet. He tends to hit when he is entering a new social situation and is very excited.


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    Default Re: Hitting, punching

    He tends to hit when he is entering a new social situation and is very excited.
    Hi tlpatzer,

    I'm a 38 year old with TS.

    That is a common complaint. From my experience of it when there is no anger present it's more like little dominance displays. That relationship between TS and oppositional behaviors is like a little instinctual shove towards those sorts of behaviors. It's normal in kids to try to figure out the social hierarchy, in TS we often have some unique issues in controlling that.

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    That's a great insight, Flutterguy, thanks.

    Any suggestions how a parent can be helpful to the shover and the shovee?

    I have sometimes seen other children cringe a bit when they see my kid coming.

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