I’ve just finished watching the documentary I mentioned last week – Kids With Tourettes: In Their Own Words. I enjoyed it a great deal and at times found it very moving. I felt it gave a good insight into the challenges of growing up with tics.
I was particularly struck by how articulate the children were in explaining the sensations and pain of their tics. This is something people without the condition often overlook.
9-year-old Callum’s description of his tics as being like a pack of cards from which he keeps pulling out new ones was especially good. The unpredictability of Tourettes and the possibility that new tics can arrive at any time was understandably a very present concern for all the families featured.
The programme was thought provoking and generated a lot of interesting discussion on Twitter. I’m hoping to interview Tara Murphy, the therapist from Great Ormond Street Hospital who featured on the programme very soon.
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