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Tics and Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals [Paperback]

Isobel Heyman , Uttom Chowdhury
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15 Jun 2004
This essential guide to tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome tackles problems faced both at home and at school, such as adjusting to the diagnosis, the effect on siblings and classroom difficulties. Dr Chowdhury offers advice on how to manage symptoms, describing psychological techniques such as habit reversal and massed practice and reviewing available medical treatments. In clear, accessible language, this book explains the clinical signs and symptoms of Tourette and related conditions, and their possible causes. Presenting practical strategies for dealing with associated difficulties, including low self-esteem, anger-management and bullying, this book will be invaluable to parents, teachers, social workers and other professionals.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley (15 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184310203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843102038
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an excellent, practical book, which is ideal for parents of children with TS, professionals and teachers. -- Tourette Syndrome (UK) Association Bulletin, September, 2004

About the Author

Uttom Chowdhury works as a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Bedfordshire and Luton Community Mental Health Trust. He is also an Honorary Consultant for the Social Communication Disorders Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. He has run several groups for parents of children with Tourette Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. His clinical and research interests include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders and parental experiences of looking after children with neuro-developmental disorders.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading without too much jargon. 11 July 2006
By Mavis
This is the first book I've read about TS, my son being recently diagnosed. I found it informative without the 'waffle' and thought it gave a good overview into what the future holds for my child. It covers the link between TS and ADHD/OCD and gives guidance in how to deal with the various motor and vocal tics on a day-to-day basis, the assistance your child should expect to receive throughout school, how to deal with incidents of bullying, ways of helping your child's self-esteem, anger management and also ways to cope with the stares and comments from people on the street. I hope the next reader finds this as informative as I did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Roger Sharp VINE VOICE
There are some excellent books that attempt to explain the complexity of TS. Some have been written by people with the condition (ie James McConnel, "Life Interupted"), some from the view of the concerned parent, and some by professionals in the field.

Isobel Heyman is a highly qualified medical expert working in several of the UK's top hospitals that run clinics for people with TS.

Perhaps her main success in writing this book is that she can draw from a wide range of personal experience, and then has the ability to convey her knowledge to those without any medical training.

Although she deals with the condition and those other conditions that often are associated with it, combined with an overview of the current thinking behind modern treatments, she is honest enough to explain just how very hard those with the condition may find it to obtain any degree of relief given the current state of medical knowledge.

At the same time, many readers will find it a comfort to read a book such as this that has been so obviously written by an expert with a deep sense of compassion for her patients.

I'd rate it has essential reading for anyone with an interest in the subject.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I found this book very informative in a way that everyone can undestand you do not have to know a lot about the illness as this book very clearly answers your questions in a way that all ages can understand, i found that it was of great comfort making clear lots of diffrent information including medication, it's uses and affects and other things that can happen with tourette's, this was the first book that for me was giving clear and readable information, i would like to see every school and child friendly place carry this book as a form of good information for all parents as well as those who have children with tourettes, in my opinion you can buy this book with conferdence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 22 Jun 2013
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This is a very good book for people that need to get more information about tourettes and how to cope with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful 4 Oct 2006
By frenetic - Published on Amazon.com
This is by far the most useful book I have read on Tourette Syndrome, as well as one of the best books I have read on special needs in general. "Tics and Tourette Syndrome" is short enough and concise enough that an overwhelmed parent can read it in one sitting. Do not be fooled by the book's length, however. Word for word, this book contains more useful information than any other book I have read; there is no filler, there are no anecdotes.

If you have time for only one book on Tourette's, this is the book. That is a very tired line, I know, but in this case it really is true. I have recommended this book to other parents of children with Tourette's as well as to friends and relatives, in an effort to dispel misconceptions about what Tourette's is and is not.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A general guide 2 Sep 2006
By Paitilla's team - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is good for general information. Give you all the topics about Tourette Syndrome. It's excellent for parents and professionals that are beginning reader about TS. Help you a lot to begin to understand all concerning with the Tourette Syndrome.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice teaching tool 12 Dec 2012
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my daughter was diagnosed with Tourrettes Syndrome and I use the book for myself and others to learn more to understand her. I helps in the patients side of it
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book. 17 Mar 2014
By sarah hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was very helpful because it offers great ideas for managing Tourette. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know how to help people with Tourette.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service 1 May 2009
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This item was shipped very fast and in very good condition. Would use this seller again !!!
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