Heidi - posted on 04/16/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
My oldest son is now 11 and has had verbal and motor tics since he was 8. He is very outgoing and has never really had a problem socially because of it. He has gone through an array of tics from a similar hum, to throat clearing, head jerks, sniffing and mouth tics.
I now have a 5-year-old who started having verbal tics a month ago and it is just getting worse. He is so much younger than my oldest child was when he started showing symptoms. I worry that his symptoms might therefore be worse because they are starting earlier. Has anyone else seen this? My youngest just has a verbal tic that sounds like a hum but it is loud and when I discussed it with his teacher, she said children had been commenting on it. He will be starting kindergarten in the fall and I just worry that the teachers in public schools might not be equipped for this. He's so different from my oldest and is much more withdrawn and less social. He's also exhibiting some OCD tendencies, which I read can go hand in hand with TS.
Just wondered if anyone knew if when it starts younger, is it worse in the long run and also, if you have any tips for helping me transition him in school and deal with teachers. Thanks so much for your wisdom and for sharing your experience.