Tourette’s Testing in Bloomington IL
Tourette syndrome, or simply Tourette’s, is a neurological disorder that starts in childhood and may continue on to adulthood. Tourette’s is normally inherited and is characterized by multiple motor or vocal tics, which are sudden, repetitive, and involuntary motor movements or vocalizations involving discrete muscle groups. The disorder is named after Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, a pioneering French neurologist who, in 1885, first described the condition in an 86-year-old French noblewoman. Despite the notion that associates Tourette’s with the exclamation of obscene words or derogatory remarks, this symptom is present in only a small number of people, according to the Handbook of Clinical Neurology.
People who have Tourette's are able to live a normal life expectancy and have normal intelligence. As people with Tourette’s get older, their tics are observed to diminish. Adults with severe Tourette's are rare. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates that 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of Tourette’s, and as many as one percent of the population exhibit milder and less complex symptoms, such as chronic motor or vocal tics.
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Treating Tourette's syndrome in Bloomington IL
The exact causes of Tourette’s are unknown. However, some research suggests that the disorder occurs when the nerves encounter a problem of communicating with one another in the brain. A disturbance in the balance of neurotransmitters — chemicals in the brain that carry nerve signals from cell to cell — may play a role in Tourette’s. Because of this phenomenon, involuntary muscle movement occurs. In addition, Tourette’s is not contagious, and a person with Tourette’s may find ways to suppress, conceal, or manage their tics.
Because tic symptoms often do not cause impairment, the majority of the people with Tourette’s do not require medication for the suppression of their tics. In addition, there is no one medication that is helpful to all people with Tourette’s. The Able Center can help by assessing a patient with Tourette’s in Bloomington IL and prescribing the appropriate ways to suppress the tics. We consider clues such as family medical history, symptoms, and the type of tic. We may also use imaging tests and blood tests to rule out other conditions that might have symptoms similar to Tourette’s.
Intervention for Tourette’s in Bloomington
In helping those with Tourette’s, the Able Center uses the latest and proven methods. We can also help you with any of the following:
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Experts in Tourette's syndrome
Helping people with Tourette’s is one of the goals of the Able Center. We are proud of our up-to-date and effective methods of assessment and intervention, which were taken from the latest guidelines of well-known psychological associations, such as the American Psychological Association and the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology. During the assessment of your condition, we will provide a comprehensive report that will contain testing results, score descriptions, clinical overview of functional implications, and recommendations for programming behavior and social participation. Trust the Able Center to help you with your Tourette’s in Bloomington.
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Treating Tourette’s: The Able Center, Pediatric Intervention Services in Bloomington