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Fine motor functioning and perception in children with Tourette Syndrome

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the motor function and perception in a children with Tourette syndrome.

Method: Twenty three children aged 7-15 years old with Tourette syndrome. Interview and clinical observation were used.

Results: A third of the children display fine hand motor impairment, decreased psychomotor speed and handwriting deficits. In addition, half of the children have difficulties in planning and remembering exercises. Many children with Tourette syndrome need help with activities of daily living (ADL). The children with Tourette syndrome differ significantly in visual -spatial- motor organisation and visual- and auditive perception.

Conclusion: Tourette syndrome seems to associated with fine motor, perception problem. Early interventions to help with fine motor skills of TS symptoms should be undertaken, and in view of TS children, interventions such as an occupational therapist appear necessary.


Najah Khalifa,Solwig Eklund

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