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What Makes Me Tic

What Makes Me Tic is an activity designed specifically for young children with Tourette syndrome or those experiencing tics.

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What Makes Me Tic is an activity designed specifically for young children with Tourette syndrome or those experiencing tics.

This interactive resource aims to empower children by helping them explore and identify the factors that worsen their tics. By understanding their triggers, children can gain a sense of control and learn strategies to manage their environment.

Through this activity, children can communicate their experiences with caregivers and professionals, encouraging a supportive and collaborative environment.

About this resource:

Trigger Squares: This resource includes a set of trigger squares featuring common factors that may exacerbate tics. Children can cut out these squares and choose the ones that apply to them, gaining a visual representation of their triggers.

Triggers Mat: The activity provides a mat where children can stick the triggers they have chosen. This mat serves as a visual display and a reminder of their identified triggers.

Blank Squares: To accommodate individual experiences, the resource offers blank squares where children can add their own triggers if they think of something not listed.

Benefits:

• Identify Triggers: What Makes Me Tic helps children identify the specific triggers that worsen their tics. By recognising and understanding these triggers, children become more aware of their environment and gain insights into the factors that impact their condition. This knowledge is essential for developing effective management strategies.
• Manage Responses: By engaging in this activity, children can learn to manage their responses to triggers. They can explore different coping mechanisms and develop strategies to minimise the impact of triggers on their tics or their exposure to certain factors. This empowers them to take an active role in managing their condition and promotes self-advocacy.
• Feeling in Control: Understanding their triggers and learning how to manage them can help children feel more in control of their environment. This increased sense of control reduces anxiety and promotes a greater sense of confidence and well-being.
• Communication and Collaboration: What Makes Me Tic encourages children to communicate their experiences with caregivers and professionals. By sharing their triggers and discussing their findings, children can effectively communicate their needs, seek support, and collaborate with others in managing their tics.

This is an extremely a valuable resource that supports young children with Tourette’s or children who are experiencing tics in identifying triggers, managing responses and feeling more in control of their environment.

By engaging in this activity, children develop a deeper understanding of their condition, gain coping skills and communicate with caregivers and professionals.