Tourette Syndrome

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Thousands of young people are diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS) each year. TS is a disorder of the neurological system, causing uncontrollable sounds or movements called tics. TS peaks "when young people are most vulnerable to the challenges of early adolescence," explains psychology professor Douglass Woods in USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. Symptoms can make school and everyday life very difficult. The good news is that scientists are gaining understanding of how TS works in the brain. While TS still has no cure, research is leading to more effective treatments.

In this book, you'll read the stories of teenagers who struggled with TS and find out how they and their families dealt with the symptoms. You'll learn what causes TS, what can trigger tics, and what treatments can help relieve symptoms. Learning about this disorder is the best way to help yourself, a friend, or a family member live and thrive with TS.

Examines the tic disorder known as Tourette syndrome, its symptoms and manifestations, how it can be controlled and treated, and, through case studies, what it is like to live with Tourette's.

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Children's Literature
Tourette's Syndrome (TS) is aptly described as a physical illness, and "people who have it cannot control what they do and say." They make "movements and sounds called tics, that are beyond their control." Brill does a nice job of portraying this burdensome illness through vignettes of children at all ages, as one that can be lived with. In fact, the strength of the book is in the advice given on living with TS at home, school and in society. A chapter on medications for TS will also be of great interest. In discussing the what and why of TS, the book begins with a slightly disconcerting impression that tics are actually TS, and anyone who has tics has the disease. The tics are described first, followed by a diagnosis section stating, "Not everyone who has tics has TS." A number of statements would best be referenced, such as theories about lack of oxygen after or during birth possibly causing TS. Also troublesome are various unreferenced statements made about the incidence of TS that do not agree. On the jacket, we read, "one in every 2000 children between the ages of two and eighteen will be diagnosed with it." Inside, we read, "about one in 200 Americans find they have very mild signs of TS." Further, we read that "recent studies estimate that TS affects about one in 2,500 people in the U.S..." The chapter notes at the end are quite brief. Occasional black and white photos of normal-appearing children are an important addition, however the book jacket, if designed to draw readers in with the somewhat scary photo of a child who looks disturbed, (by being out of focus, one assumes he is having a tic,) it might work. There is a glossary, an index, a list of resource organizations, afurther reading list and brief source notes for each chapter. The writing is clear and directed to child-readers. Report writers should be encouraged to use the reference list included to seek out additional facts and corroborating research information. One thing is certain¾the reader will know after reading this book how children with TS feel and cope with life. Part of the "Twenty-First Century Medical Library" series. 2002, Twenty-first Century Books,
— Elaine Wick
From The Critics
Tourette Syndrome is a disease that few know about yet from which many suffer. This volume, one of a series of excellent books published by the nonfiction house, Twenty First Century Books, is an excellent introduction for both lay and expert readers about this often misunderstood, yet common physical condition. Scientists say that 1 in 2,000 people are often inflicted with this compelling physical phenomena which results in uncontrollable range motor ticks ranging from the simple (intermittent eye and finger movements) to the complex (persistent involuntary leg, arm, and head twitching). Solid facts and captivating vignettes fill this slim, accessible volume of information about this disease that can often make life miserable for its unsuspecting victims. Moreover, proper medical, behavioral, and dietary treatment (all aimed at management, not cure), are thoroughly reviewed with the hope of helping those in need. Young people who have this syndrome will find comfort in the case studies that depict lives, that are undoubtedly, similar to their own. A valuable resource for all interested. 2002, Twenty First Century Books, 112 pp.,
— Mary Little
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Tourette's, a surprisingly common (1 in 2000) and compelling physical condition of unknown origin, is introduced through the stories of three teens who experience a range of motor and vocal tics ranging from the simple to the complex. Chapters follow a logical progression covering description, causes and triggers, treatments (medical, behavioral, and dietary, all aimed at management, not cure), home and school challenges, and development of coping skills. Since the condition also impacts all those in the person's proximity, social aspects are addressed at length. Effective black-and-white photos illustrate many of the symptoms and management strategies, and the glossary and resources are extensive. Students will find their questions addressed and clearly answered in this book.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761321019
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Twenty-First Century Medical Library Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlene is an award-winning author of almost 70 titles for readers preschool through adult. She began writing while teaching children with disabilities, producing materials to help her students learn. With time, the desire to write grew stronger. Soon she was writing for a variety of formats—magazines, internet, newspapers, scripts, books, and textbooks for readers of all ages. Yet, she never forgets where the dream of writing originated—through work with children. She is drawn back into classrooms to share the wonders of research and writing, and, of course, reading books.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Many Faces of Tourette Syndrome 4

Chapter 2 What Is Tourette Syndrome? 12

Chapter 3 What Causes Tourette Syndrome? 32

Chapter 4 What Treatments Reduce Tics? 48

Chapter 5 Ts at Home and at School 66

Chapter 6 Learning to Live with Tourette Syndrome 84

Glossary 98

Resources 101

Source Notes 104

Selected Bibliography 106

Further Reading and Websites 107

Index 109

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