Why Do You Do That?

A Book about Tourette Syndrome for Children and Young People

Written specifically for siblings of children with Tourette Syndrome (TS), Why Do You Do That? is an age-appropriate source of information for children and adolescents aged 8 to 16.

Uttom Chowdhury and Mary Robertson describe tics and Tourette's in clear, child-friendly terms and provide a simple explanation of the biological causes. Other chapters focus on living with someone who has TS, associated features such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and aggression, and what siblings can do to help. The authors also offer practical tips on how to deal with issues such as problems at school and bullying.

This book will prove invaluable for brothers and sisters of children with TS, as well as parents and other family members.
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The Teacher

Tourette Syndrome (TS), with its involuntary tics, can provoke embarrassment, confusion, fear or laughter. For those wishing to understand it, the condition is clearly detailed in this neat little book. Although presented in an easy to read style, liberally sprinkled with drawings, poems and humour, to appeal to a younger audience, supporting adults will find it invaluable, too. The book is packed with necessary facts to promote understanding and acceptance together with practical ideas for everyday living and support.

Support for Learning

The text is written in easy, accessible language, thereby ensuring the children who read it would gain a sound understanding of the issues and descriptions covered. The personal accounts are particularly engaging and would appeal to both young people with TS, their family members and friends.

Autism Us

To school age children, fitting in is extremely important; anything that separates them from the crowd is likely to be a source of concern and anxiety. Eye blinking, making faces, shoulder shrugging, barking or nodding are all common tics or signs of TS. They are also behaviours that make children stand out and can promote bullying. This book educates children about TS and tics and reassures them that they are not alone.

Young People Now

Written by two experienced doctors, this book is designed to help young people understand Tourette syndrome. It uses simple language to explain about tics and other symptoms. The book explains the support and treatment available and includes first hand accounts of how young people cope. The book is aimed at eight- to -16 year olds and is useful for siblings and friends of young people with the syndrome.

Judith Ungar, President and Sue Levi-Pearl, VP, Medical and Scientific Program, Tourette Syndrome (USA) Association

Youngsters with Tourette Syndrome will find comfort and good humour in this superbly written book by Professor Mary Robertson and Dr Uttom Chowdhury, recognized experts in the treatment and scientific research of Tourette Syndrome. Their compassion and deep understanding of their patients and their families are unparalleled.

Jeremy Stern, Chair of Tourette Syndrome (UK)

I am delighted to recommend this book, which is devoted to helping young people understand TS. It is not only written by two highly experienced doctors but also includes an interesting collection of personal experiences of people affected by the syndrome. Young people more than anyone may feel they are alone in facing the challenges of life and this book is a very valuable source of support and information for all families affected by TS.

The Green Leaflet

" Why do you do that?" is a good resource for children and young people with Tourette Syndrome and their siblings. Written by two highly experienced doctors, this book describes Tourette in plain language with key information prominently listed, to allow you to refer to it with ease.

The Green Leaflet

Helpful references and further suggested readings are included at the end of the book. The authors' upbeat approach and skilful explanation make this an invaluable companion for children, young people and their siblings.

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