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how can i help stop my sons nervous tics?

he has ASD so i know it's related. he is always doing something. if it's not one thing it's another. blinking excessively, looking out of the corner of his eyes, pushing air out his lungs or making some kind of sound or something...any suggestions?


Asked by nairda at 1:42 AM on Jun. 19, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • Are you sure they're actual tics and not perseverations or stims? If they are perseverations or stims, then you can extinguish the undesireable behaviors with ABA techniques, but be warned, a child with an ASD will typically replace one behavior with another almost immediately, so if you are going to try to extinguish the behaviors, work on an acceptable replacement behavior at the same time you work on getting rid of the unacceptable behavior.

    If the behaviors are actual tics, then there really isn't much you can do about them, except accept that this is part of who he is, b/c he can't control them. Both anxiety & excitement can exacerbate tics, but it is usually temporary, and once the anxiety is relieved or the excitement is over, the tics settle down on their own. Some ppl do learn to "hold" their tics until they can get someplace safe to let them all out, but whether they tic now or later, they're still going to tic.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 7:56 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • Ignore them. Do not call attention to them because you will only make him more uncomfortable than he already may be. Talk to the doctor and see if there is anything that can be done but I doubt it, you may just have to get used to the tics and keep on loving your child because he is such an awesome kid.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 3:30 AM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • no one can stop someone else's nervous tics unless perhaps with medication

    Answer by admckenzie at 8:55 PM on Jun. 19, 2009