Grant and I met with the therapist today for Tyler. From what we tell her, Tyler IS having tics which are still probably anxiety related. The tic thing can be good in that children do get tics and they can disappear as quickly as they came in about a year. Also, early onset tics tend not to stay with children and turn into something like Tourette’s. She also said that if the tics are not interfering with daily life then you usually wouldn’t want to medicate a child.
She gave us some book recommendations so we could learn and understand how to treat his anxiety and talked about how to punish him while not increasing his stress. She said Tyler was still young and that I should not worry so much about him being potty trained, that this was more important. She also gave us a couple of questionnaires that we have to fill out, basically dealing with how Tyler compares to other children, and then she will score them to see how he ranks against an average three-year-old.
It’s hard to see Tyler go through his tics and know that he has stress, but I also know that things could be worse and I am thankful that he is basically a healthy child.