If your child has certain special needs issues and invited to a birthday party, try to include them as much as possible. If the birthday party is a drop off party, you may ask to stick around by volunteering to help all the kids in order to be there for extra support and safety. Socialization is important and it is your duty to do everything possible to make sure it happens.
Tourette’s syndrome is commonly misunderstood to be a behavioral or emotional condition. It really is a neurological condition.
Tourette’s usually involves:
1. Tics: along a range of simple (e.g., rapid eye-blinking, facial grimacing, shoulder-shrugging) to complex (involving several muscle groups, such as hopping, bending, or twisting).
2. Vocalizations: also along a range of simple (throat-clearing, sniffing, grunting) to complex (involving words or phrases).
A great way for a Tourette’s student to cope with tics in school is to give the teacher a secret signal indicating a bathroom break. The student that feels that they cannot suppress the tics anymore or feels them coming on can go to the bathroom and release them in private. Then when the student feels they are more under control, they can return to the class without the other students knowing. This is a way of avoiding embarrassment and humiliation of other kids making fun of the situation. The trick also works for Asperger’s/autistic students that need to get let out an impulsive routine.
Tourette’s syndrome is a disorder characterized by tics (involuntary, rapid, sudden movements) and/or vocal outbursts that occur repeatedly. It’s an inherited, neurological disorder that is first noticed in childhood, usually between the ages of 7 and 10. Kids with Tourette’s syndrome often face the embarrassment and struggle for suppression of having their tics/outbursts in public. This is especially difficult in school when other children may tease them over it.