Question about Tourettes
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|Wed, 06-30-2010 - 9:58am|
I know that some of you have children with Tourette's as a co-morbid disorder. I have a close friend whose 7yo ds has Tourette's. I understand a lot of the symptoms, but I'm wondering about some of the behaviors I see that appear to be more behavior related than Tourette's. The mom seems to dismiss all the behaviors as Tourette's, but I get the sense that this kid is playing his mom some of the time.
This kid has a lot of recognizable physical tics, but the behaviors I see that have me curious are when her ds starts name-calling or cursing when he's annoyed (doesn't get a turn on the Wii, etc). It's not just that he blurts out words, but that he seems to do it very deliberately. And, if he gets a rise out of his mom (or someone else), then he does it more and more.
Then, if his mom tries to take him into another room to calm down, he runs. As he runs, he yells to his little brother to say the same things and to run away from mom with him. They laugh at mom as she tries to catch them, sometimes yelling out more words, sometimes not. Once she chased him around a park for about 45min before catching him(I wasn't there, but she told me about it).
Is this really all tics, or is some of this a behavior issue? He probably also has ADHD. Is some of this ADHD?
With my ASD kids, I have certainly seen my share of bad behavior that's hard for them to control, so I understand that some behaviors aren't intentional. I just don't get the sense that all of this kid's behaviors are unintentional.