Selected Posts

These articles concerning Tourette’s plus Asperger’s contain our wisdom of the past years as we puzzled over our son’s behavior and finally received our Tourette’s diagnosis. Many individuals on the autism spectrum have tics and OCD-like behavior that you might recognize from the posts below. I would be very grateful to connect with other parents and adults with similar profiles. Please drop me a line!

Cheers!
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Tourette’s Awareness for Parents of Autistic Children

“Tourette’s syndrome is not as uncommon as once believed. Once considered a rare neurological condition, TS exists in 1% of the population. The incidence among autistic individuals is higher.


Tourette’s Syndrome: Why I Say Bewp

“Everyone deserves a safe space to be their unique selves. So, if your child says the same thing over and over, be calm. Accept. Those utterances may provide comfort, relief, and delight in a way you do not understand.”


Our Diagnosis of Tourette’s Plus Asperger’s

At times T is super-charged– as if he inhales pure electricity and discharges it in torrents of motion and sound. He hops, skips, twists, shrugs and nods. Even in sleep his body twitches. He snorts, grunts, clacks, chomps and spouts random words.


Could It Be Tourette’s?

In fact, everything I did worsened the shut ups. He began shouting “Shut up!” at the TV and computer. He whispered “shut up” to himself as he read. And of course, there was “Shut up stupid Farty,” addressed to me, or the cat, or Papa.


Profanity in Our Household

I am a child of the seventies. My generation listened as profanity switched from absurdly scandalous to cutting-edge conversational.


Compulsive Behavior: A Plan For All Of Us

“The solution was so obvious; I can’t believe I didn’t think of it.”


Comments

  1. Lori wrote: I would be very grateful to connect with other parents and adults with similar profiles. Please drop me a line! – Lori – Hi, how are you? I am an adult with Inattentive ADHD, central auditory processing disorder, and mild dyspraxia. Inattentive ADHD (to me) means involuntary short attention span, involuntary distractibility, and a glitch along the lines of sustained attention vs inattention. My executive skill level is imperfect (or as you would say, uneven). Your emotional expression is way beyond and above my normal level of very conservative emotional expression. You also use colorful visual images more imaginatively than I (usually) do. You strike me as having unusually good artistic abilities along the lines of Salvador Dali. Charles Thomas Wild, Blue Springs, Missouri More about how I express myself: http://tbisurvivorsnetwork.ning.com/forum/topics/sustained-attention-vs-inattention In some way I am both gifted and have a subtle kind of learning disability. About Executive Function – http://www.tourettesyndrome.net/disorders/executive-dysfunction/overview-of-executive-dysfunction/ http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/executive-function-disorders/what-is-executive-function I think your website is awesome. Thank you for creating it. I would love to carry on an extended conversation with you (format: question and answer) although you appear to me to be like a wonderful, unbridled theatrical, artistic ham (in the best sense of the term), however, a conversation may be a little like emotion trying to carry on a conversation with reason.

    • A Quiet Week says:

      Dear Charles,

      Please forgive my long absence, I often fall off the blogging world when we have family issues or someone is ill. Thank you so much for reaching out to me with such kindness and insight. The beauty of neurodiversity is that we are all so different and have wonderful experiences to share with one another. I would be delighted to have an extended conversation with you anytime. I hope to manage myself respectfully and welcome your comments and insight, but of course I mention that I fail miserably at being timely. If you would like to have an “extended” conversation I hope you would consider time to be part of that conversation. Thank you for the links; executive function is an issue with me as well. I hope to hear from you again in the future!

      Cheers and hamminess,
      Lori D.

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