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  1. Okay, I am going to open myself up here and become vulnerable. I have not heard anyone talk on this subject since I have been researching TS, ADHD, OCD and anxiety and I am wondering if at all you have experienced some of the same, you might be comfortable sharing. My grandson’s father has been in prison 9 out of the 12 years of his life. All drug related charges. He has been involved with methamphetamine since he was 16, so obviously he used at the time my daughter got pregnant. She was not using but had used in the past. She remained sober until Austin was 18 months old and then took
  2. I have been using Natural Calm (I don't think it is the same company). Also massage the bottoms of his feet with Lavender Essential Oil for relaxation at night. Recently I brought my grandson to a naturopathis doctor and we are awaiting the results of some tests and then are going to try some type of homeopathic remedy that works with the adrenal glands that if I remember correctly is part of the endocrine system which creates epinephrine that in turn works with the dopamine levels in the brain. I am just learning so don't quote me, but I will let you know when he starts and what happens.
  3. Yes Chemar that would be nice. I wouldn't know how to do that. (Thread) I appreciate your words of advice/wisdom. The one thing that comforts me about the 'homeopath' (I don't know if that is the correct wording - I just looked at his business card and it says American Naturopathic Medical Association Board Certified Naturopat -)maybe there is a diffence - I am not sure) he has a grandson with TS who is now in college and has treated him, so I feel pretty confident in him. But I do appreciate your input and I agree that there is so many out there and we do have to be careful no matter what
  4. Thank you and Thank you again! Yay! You are out there I spent many hours today researching on the National Tourettes Syndrome Assn. website and many others. Wow there is alot of information out there. I just can't seem to get enough information. I have come across a lot of things.I was learning about the endocrine system and how the adrenal glands that produce norepinephrine which affects the dopamine levels and the brain doesn't utilize the dopamine that is created. Also how information is passed through the brain - a person with TS doesn't have the 'braking system' to stop certa
  5. Thank you for your response. I guess I have been frustrated in my search for answers and recommendations. I didn't mean to sound disrespectful. Your explanations help me to understand better and learn things I didn't know. I will continue to search and hopefully in my research will be able to help others also. I am working on so many things for my grandson, and I think the frustration lies in the fact that I may only have this school year to provide as much help as possible and the school year is almost half over already. Again, thanks for your support. I will continue to read and res
  6. I have posted a few times in this forum and it seems like there is never a whole lot of feedback which is what I am really looking for. When I look at the stats on the right side of the list of postings you will many times see a huge amount of 'Views' and rarely any 'Replies'. Why is that? People are reaching out for help and we need more interaction. Thanks.
  7. Thank you for your response. We started some cranial sacral massage therapy and reflexology about a month ago. He has had 4 visits, but now we are holding off for a while because we also saw a homeopath and we are waiting for some tests to come back. He picked up on the same areas that the other therapist did. The adrenal glands and the endocrine system which if I understand correctly help with the balance of dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the brain which can be areas of dysfunction in children with TS. I am excited to get on some homeopathic remedies and see what happens. In the me
  8. I have searched this website high and low and do not find anyone who has addressed or discussed the area of my concern. My grandson is living with us this school year, he is in 6th grade. He has TS/ADHD diagnosis and is now exhibiting alot of anxiety and some obsessive thought patterns and behaviors. He has fought the "IEP" ever since it was put into place when he was in 1st grade. I can not comprehend why he would not want the help provided for him. He says he doesn't need the help and can do it on his own and we have tried a few different things and he is not capable at this point. He doesn'
  9. Please help. I am dealing with my grandson who is living with me this year. He is in 6th grade. I have been trying to educate the teachers and/or special ed teachers about Tourette Syndrome and the co-occurring ADHD and anxiety. From what I have read this is very common. The Tourette forum seems to be more focused on tics and right now I seriously am more concerned about the ADHD part of his disorder. His teacher is beginning to get somewhat demanding with how he expects my grandson to act and partipate in his class. He is saying that 'by now he is expected to do more'. The teacher doesn't s
  10. I am sorry if I am doing this incorrectly, but I am learning the ropes of the forum. I had started a topic a while ago on learning disabilities in the school setting. I added more to it tonight, but want to make sure that you see it, since it is such a deperate plea. So I am posting this also. I didn't know if anyone would see it since it was added to a previous post. Please bear with me as I learn. Thank you, Jennifer
  11. I must say I am experiencing the end of a day that has me about over the brink with frustration. I said to my GSon's Special Ed teacher before I left today that I would rather see him tic all day than have to watch him struggle with his learning disabilities. This was said from sheer frustration. I am assuming that his learning disabilities are due to the Tourettes. Is that wrong? He is in 6th grade and is reading at a second grade level. He is failing. I met with the teachers, special ed dept, social worker and para before school started this year to inform them of Tourettes and how it affect
  12. This information is very valuable. I used her recommendations.
  13. You have found a great place to start. I came on board here only a month or so ago and have found so much valuable information and the forum is a great place to join with others for help, ideas and encouragement. It is all so overwhelming when you first take the plunge and begin the steps of change. As I have been encouraged here, just keep moving forward. I have a plan that includes a huge list of items, but realistically in my situation I can not condemn myself if I can't do it all at once. I have started by adding the Natural Calm liquid vitamin/mineral combo, and slowly making some dieta
  14. Thank you for letting me know this. I wasn't exactly sure if I had done it correctly.
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