By Jonas’s mother, Ireland
I am writing to share my son’s success story. I hope it inspires others in their search for answers to tics. I also would like to let the team at Latitudes.org know how helpful the website is, and how Sheila Rogers DeMare’s book Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourette’s really turned things around for us.
Jonas was always a happy, well adjusted and grounded boy. Popular with his friends, he was confident in many ways, yet he also had a soft side and was self-aware. We have never noticed difficulties with concentration or attention and, fortunately, he has always done well in school. In short, he is a great lad and I love him!
Jonas is my youngest child. He started having eye tics when he was about 7 or 8 years old. At first we did not look on this as a problem. The tics didn’t bother him and he wasn’t teased. We expected him to grow out of it.
But, by the time he was 11 years old, he started showing signs of frequent head-nodding. This was around the time of a pending move to a big school (from primary to secondary education). These tics were short-lived, lasting for maybe three or four weeks, after which only eye tics continued. However, the eye movements were now more obvious, and they were no longer confined to just eye blinking or stretching. As parents, we were becoming more concerned.
Not understanding the condition, at first we decided not to give in to the tics and we tried to help him stop them. But we soon realized he could not control his “habits,” as we called them. So, we backed off. We just loved Jonas and reassured him.
Then, we watched helplessly as additional habits took hold.