Todays Tourette's Tidbit (paraphrased from the TSA website's page on Living With TS)
Symptom Substitution. This is one strategy a person can use if they currently have a tic that they fear might offend, distract or bring unwanted attention. By talking to a doctor or therapist who knows TS well, they can learn how to do this (basically, it involves finding an alternative behavior that satisfies the same urge). For example: say a person has a nose-picking tic—there might be something else they could do with their finger when that urge comes on. With a bit of practice, they can avoid causing offense, even though it might not be possible to stop ticcing altogether.
This is something The Boy's psychiatrist mentioned back when we first received his diagnosis. If his tics get to a point where they bother him, bother those around him, etc, we can work with a play therapist. I believe she said it would be cognitive behavioral therapy. One of the things this therapist would do with The Boy is help him recognize the urges that preceed a tic. If he can feel the urge, he might be able to substitute a more socially acceptable tic. The example she gave me is, if he feels he's about to flail an arm, he might be able to just do his Spidey Hands thing (mentioned in one of my first posts) under the table. It makes total sense and I've heard of successful cases. I keep praying that we never have to deal with this. But as The Boy gets older, our reality may change.
Another fun meme from Stacy, via Sarakastic & Jenkneebee:
This one is fun. The idea is that you take five pictures from http://www.says-it.com/ & create a story out of them. I'm not so sure I got a story but I think you'll find an emerging theme...
Mine begins with a public service announcement that I totally wish really existed
In her divorce-hazed grief, Tourette's Mom finds encouragement from God
So she cut a single with her backup singers Matt Damon, Johnny Depp and Clive Owen
It became a number one hit for weeks - dethroning even Chris Daughtry! Concert sales went through the roof.
Here's a picture from the concert at the Vatican