Hi, my 7 year old son has one particular tic which is causing problems. At least once a day, normally at home, where no one else can see him, he gets the urge to hurt me, either punch, kick, bite, scratch or pinch, mostly a combination of them all. I restrain him and sometimes manage to turn it into a tickle fight. He has no anger with these attacks and apologizes after and sometimes during the episodes, which normally last about 20 mins. He is always sorry after the event and says it's his 'habit' (his description/name for tics). He is already big for his age and I'm concerned that soon he will do some real damage to me or himself. I have read in many places not to punish tics and generally are able to manage this for all other of his habits, however I really want to stop/reduce this tic for safety reasons,,,,,, does anyone have any suggestions. I eventually have 1st CAMHS meeting next week so hopefully they can also help, however I have heard varying reports on their efficiency and most of the useful help and support I have received has been from this site.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who has had similar tics or parents who have had to deal with them.
Thanks again for a site that makes me feel not quite so alone.