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Niños con síndrome de la Tourette, consejos para viajar en coche

28/09/2018

Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, or simply Tourette's, is a tic disorder in which at least two motor tics are present and at least one vocal (phonic) tic, during more than a year. These tics usually appear between the ages of five and six and increase in frequency and intensity in pre-adolescence (between 8 and 12 years old). Head (face) and neck tics are the most common.

The vast majority of patients with Tourette's improve during adolescence to the point that the symptoms completely disappear, with those suffering from tics in adulthood being far fewer. With regard to the tics, they vary from individual to individual and can be mild or severe and can also become quite debilitating. The frequency and severity, as well as the type of tic, vary for as yet unknown reasons, although they sometimes occur due to stress, anxiety or tiredness.

Children with Tourette's are children who have special needs. Having Tourette's does not usually entail physical care or precautions in this sense when traveling by car, but these children can sometimes suffer from emotional or learning difficulties. Although medication is not always necessary, psychological help can sometimes be needed in order to cope with social difficulties. 

We should see a as a normal child who needs specific help, among other things, in order to learn at the same pace or in order to be in good physical shape. They will have these needs at home, outside, at the shopping center and of course in the car, when we are traveling with them. We can support and help them so they can become as independent as possible.

We can help them in a number of ways, such as letting the teachers know, so they can give them the necessary help and support; we can help them to develop their social relationships by learning how to deal with taunting and mocking by other children; we can develop their self esteem; we can encourage them to do sports and do enjoyable activities and artistic pursuits which will help to lower their anxiety.

Particularly when it comes to traveling by car, our efforts should focus on being careful not to increase their stress or cause them anxiety, ensuring they are traveling in a comfortable and safe position, with the seat belts properly fastened. The restraint system should be suitable for their physical characteristics and be comfortable if they suffer from tics during the journey. Other than this, a child with Tourette's is a normal child physically speaking, bearing in mind that if he or she suffers from severe tics they may hurt themselves and we should discuss this first with a specialist.

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