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My son is 7 yrs. old he will turn eight in April. He has a tic. It started last year. It comes and goes. I have noticed that when he is nervous or anxious he does it. When he is calm or relaxed in his daily schedule it stops. What I mean by comes and goes is that sometimes he'll stop for months and then it comes back. The tic is not always the same. It is like a habit. He sometimes turns his head and at times he just raises his lips like if he were smelling something.I want to know what I can do. I have taken him to the doctor and they have done a cat scan and MRI.They came back negative. It seems to be emotional. what can we do at home to relax him? He also has a quick temper and is really hard on himself. If we play games together he gets sooo mad whan he doesnt win.I would appreciate any suggestions. thank you

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Dr. Steven Kairys Replied: Usually tics if ignored will disappear. The fact that they recur means that there is regular underlying anxiety -he needs to learn for himself how to deal with his temperament. Sometimes a teacher he respects can be very helpful. He could benefit from some counseling that gives him new skills.
Posted On 2008-03-24 14:23:27
Bruce Gilberg Replied: I would focus on noncompetitive experiences where winning and losing are not the focal point. Examples are: hobbies,camping,hiking, and swimming. The idea is to expand his interests, tap his curiosity and encourage play that does not have to be productive. The focus needs to be on funmaking, not achievement.
Posted On 2008-03-24 10:53:53
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