Katie - posted on 06/14/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
I wanted to know if anyone had any advice for me.
We had tried not to talk much about my son's tics in front of him. He is 5 and never really seemed self-consious about them. Sometimes even unaware of some of them.
A string of events have led to him being much more aware including a trip to the neurologist, his dad bugging him about them for a while (thankfully he's stopped), and his general curiousity.
Anyhow, as he was putting on his shoes this morning he was having a hard time. He has this tic where he wants to snap his toes much like people snap their fingers, rubbing his big toe and the toe beside it together to try and make a noise. He sorted of tenses up all his other toes when he does it too. He had one shoe on and was trying to wait the tics out to put the other one on.
Now he won't wear socks and won't properly fasten his shoes because he can't tic right when he does. I can't wait for school to be out so he can have a flip flop summer.
So anyway he says to me, "Mommy, why don't the 'feels like it stuff' (thats what he calls his tics) just go away? Does everybody have 'feels like it stuff'?"
I said "Not everybody"
To which he replies, "I knew it, nobody else in my class has 'feels like it stuff.' It's not fair!"
It broke my heart, because up until recently it never seemed to bother him. I guess we couldn't live in ignorant bliss forever, but I really need help figuring out how to explain this in terms my 5 year old understand and be able to deal with.