Re: child's excessive blinking, TICS?
She could just have tic disorder. Autism has tics also. If it's Tourettes just wait and see if she gets more.
My son started out around 5 or 6 with eye blinking, then later a cough tic. I of course like you went to the eye doc and then the family doc about the cough. Then as he got to around 7 more started and those left. With Tourettes the tics wax and wane. Come and go. When he was 8 he got a vocal tic. A beep, beep tic. That's when the family doc sent us to the Neurologist.
The Neurologist just watch my son and said yes, it's probably Tourettes. Not much can be done and it comes with co-morbid conditions like ADHD and OCD. (which have been the worse parts for my son, not the tics)
They gave no meds, and said most meds for the co-morbids like ADHD don't work well on kids with Tourettes because they can cause worse tics. So, off we went with that knowledge and searched for info.
Now my son is 14 and he has learned to transfer tics to unnoticeable ones. He has learned to calm his OCD. He doesn't tic as often, and his ADHD is calming a bit. He does get have more anger issues with puberty but I hear this will also calm down as time passes.
We ended up homeschooling or online schooling him during the worse vocal tics for obvious reasons. He did a lot better without the stress and the tics subsided a lot. It's a journey.
So, at this point I would just keep an eye out for a new cough that doesn't go away, head jerking, rolling eyes, strange gate, vocal beeps, screeches, pounding on chest, head, legs. ADHD symptoms like jumping, never sitting still, darting around room constantly, not listening, etc. OCD symptoms like excessive fear going to school, late at night, not sleeping well, needing to be with you all the time, thoughts of bugs, germs, strange eating habits. Not eating very much, certain foods only, no touching of food, etc.
It can also come with sensory issues just like Autism. Loud sounds, tags in shirts, only wearing shorts, or skirts. No underwear. Those kinds of symptoms.
If you start noticing anything like this going on over the next year then you just might have a child with a spectrum disorder or a neuro disorder like Tourettes.
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Last edited by Administrator; 03-31-2017 at 01:11 PM.