Understanding Tourette Syndrome sets out concise, evidence-based guidelines on this developmental disorder by combining an exploration of signs, diagnosis and treatment with a broader psychosocial approach. Zanaboni and Mauro outline the various symptoms of the disease, including tics, echolalia, palilalia, coprolalia and copropraxia, with the aim of demonstrating to all those involved in the life of a TS child ways to manage a range of situations from diagnosis to day-to-day life.
Therapies and social intervention, including habit reversal therapy and deep brain stimulation, are described at length, allowing caregivers to evaluate the best course of treatment. The fully up-to-date manual focuses on improving quality of life by offering practical ways of managing the condition at school and in the family, with additional emphasis on sibling relationships and childhood friendship. Understanding Tourette Syndrome also analyses the legal aspects relating to the condition to highlight how the neurological nature of Tourette syndrome needs to be considered in evaluating causality of committing crimes. The authors’ straightforward language and expert subject knowledge makes the topic accessible for any reader, and case studies demonstrate how to apply scientific understanding of the condition to a real-life situation.
This unique guide is essential reading for parents and practitioners in clinical and educational psychology, counselling, mental health, nursing, child welfare, public healthcare, and those in education. It will also be of interest to postgraduates studying courses in Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychology.
Table of Contents
1: A Short History of Tourette Syndrome
2: A Medical Overview of Tourette Syndrome
3: Diagnosing Tourette Syndrome
4: Therapy for Tourette Syndrome
5: The Role of Family
6: The Role of School
7: Friendships and Leisure Time
8: Tourette Syndrome and the Law
9: A Case Study of a Tourette Syndrome Sufferer: Giuseppe