My friend came to visit me today. She has a son with Tourette's and we were talking about his tics. Well I pointed out to her how my ds (almost 3) does things like hand flapping and flicking his ear (sometimes he does them together and sometimes just one or the other) and I asked her if she thought they were tics. She kind of brushed me off saying, don't most toddlers have tics? And I was like, in all my 10 yrs of working in early childhood I have never heard of it but what do I know?
Then later, she brings something else up. She's like, I don't know about the hand flapping or flicking of the ear but that thing he does with his head looks like a tic. And I'm like, what thing with his head?? She says, when he shakes his head (like saying no) while on the floor.
I wasn't sure what she meant so I started to watch and pay attention and sure enough - he IS shaking his head while playing on the floor. So now something else for me to watch for.
Do your ASD kids have tics? Do tics get associated with ASD or with something else? Opinions?
Oh the other thing hes been doing lately is running up to me and saying "mommy best friend" as he grabs my arm. At first it was adorable! And he did get a lot of attention for it. But as the days and weeks of it going on, I'm noticing that he's really doing it TO me. Not with me if that makes sense. He will just be playing and then out of the blue, he runs up and does it and then goes straight back to what he was doing. And i've stopped giving him attention for it. Not sure what that is all about.