Tourette syndrome

  1. I have a student with Tourette Syndrome and he's always in pain! I didn't even know he had TS until he told me and his mom verified it. No paperwork here or anything. She said she's making an appointment soon and I asked for her to bring me paperwork for it so we can have it in the files and on the system.

    Besides this, what can I do for him? I feel really bad for him and the only thing I can let him do is lay down in my office.
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  3. by   OldDude
    I'm not making the connection between tourettes and pain unless it's a product of the tics. What kind of pain are you talking about?
  4. by   kidzcare
    Quote from OldDude
    I'm not making the connection between tourettes and pain unless it's a product of the tics. What kind of pain are you talking about?
    That's what I was thinking.

    I had a student with tourettes who's primary tic was a very extreme hyperextention of her neck (think snapping your neck up suddenly and quickly). It would become very distracting in class and she would go home frequently. We never had any luck with controlling the tics.
  5. by   SaltineQueen
    What do they do for him at home? That's probably what I'd do at school, within reason.
  6. by   Farawyn
    Quote from kidzcare
    That's what I was thinking.

    I had a student with tourettes who's primary tic was a very extreme hyperextention of her neck (think snapping your neck up suddenly and quickly). It would become very distracting in class and she would go home frequently. We never had any luck with controlling the tics.
    THIS. She has a plushy she has between her neck and her shoulder.
  7. by   Farawyn
    Tourette's itself is not painful. There's really nothing you can do. Make sure you have a doc note. Ask mom to get any suggestions on any restrictions, etc. There really shouldn't be any, unless the tics involve reaching out to touch others.
  8. by   Amethya
    His tics causes his muscles to hurt a lot, I guessing he puts too much stress into stopping them or Idk. I am asking mother for information, so hopefully I can help him or his mom can help him.
  9. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from Amethya
    His tics causes his muscles to hurt a lot, I guessing he puts too much stress into stopping them or Idk. I am asking mother for information, so hopefully I can help him or his mom can help him.
    That is what I was thinking, Sometimes they are working so hard to control the tic, they are just exhausted. I can see where they may be all tight and stiff. Maybe a heating pad for a little bit?
  10. by   OldDude
    Quote from SaltineQueen
    What do they do for him at home? That's probably what I'd do at school, within reason.
    This is an important question. If he's more comfortable at home then it's the school environment ratcheting up the tics so his MD could treat for that anxiety specifically and/or there could be targeted interventions or accommodations at school to lower the anxiety level.
  11. by   Amethya
    Quote from OldDude
    This is an important question. If he's more comfortable at home then it's the school environment ratcheting up the tics so his MD could treat for that anxiety specifically and/or there could be targeted interventions or accommodations at school to lower the anxiety level.
    He has a medication at home that helps, as well advil he says. I don't know what medication or what they do at home since I haven't gotten any paperwork for him but I'll make sure to ask when I see his mom.
  12. by   Amethya
    Quote from OldDude
    This is an important question. If he's more comfortable at home then it's the school environment ratcheting up the tics so his MD could treat for that anxiety specifically and/or there could be targeted interventions or accommodations at school to lower the anxiety level.
    I'll make a mention of this to his mother the next time I call her. Because I felt the same way especially if they are more severe at school than at home.

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