My 9 year old is struggling with tics

Christine - posted on 01/26/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 9 year old suffers from tics. He has had grunting, sniffing, head nodding, eye twitching. They get worse if he gets stressed and sadly the little guy has had lots of stress to deal with from family and pet bereavements to his sister leaving to go to uni. He is aware of what he does but is unable to control. I tried to get him help with CAMHS but they were trying to treat him as if he were an adult. He is the most sensitive and caring child you could meet and it's heartbreaking to see him suffer. Does anyone have any idea of ways to help him myself?

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Christine - posted on 01/28/2015

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Hi Katie, I managed to order 3 different types of stress toys, they are also used for other conditions apparently. I showed my son and he is looking forward to trying them. Sometimes it's the simplest things that work the best! Thank you once again for replying and the advice. Take Care, Chris.

Christine - posted on 01/27/2015

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Thanks Katie, I never thought of a stress ball, but that sounds like a really good idea as a distraction. I'm going to order one and see what happens.

Katie - posted on 01/26/2015

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My nephew has tics as well he has almost the same tics as your little one. My nephew is very active and likes to play sports a lot which is stressful and brings on the tics. He cracks his fingers, wrists, neck ect. but he uses a stress ball and you wouldn't believe how much of a relief he has from his tics while using the stress ball. We also try and take his mind off the tics by talking to him constantly and just changing the subject or event that is causing his tics. I really hope this helps you and I wish you and your family good luck with this matter.

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