After school BOOM

WHY DO OUR KIDS GO BOOM AFTER SCHOOL?

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I hear weekly from parents who have children, who come home from school and RAGE.

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How the rage is often aimed at mum, siblings or other close family members.

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How school report back with "we don't see any of this behaviour at school" usually followed by "we don't even see the tics" .

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I even read on a forum this week of a poor parent who was told from school "he just saves this behaviour for you"

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What teachers aren't realising is that these kids are masking their disorders to "fit in" and then exploding once in the comfort of their safe space.... Usually thier home and with mum or other family members that they feel safe with. .

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Let's imagine our children are a bottle of fizzy pop. Every time they try to fit in at schoool , whether that is by holding in tics, masking anxiety, stopping impulsions, or fighting co-occurring symptoms, their bottle shakes.... Their bottle can shake all throughout the day and in many cases this is what is happening.

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Then when our children are home, one demand from a parent, sibling or family member can flip the lid off and BOOOM they explode, all their fizzy pop comes flying out and we are covered.

Covered in what ever our children need to throw at us, whether this is verbally or physically we have to take it as there is limited to no support for this.

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It's so incredibly hard to deal with and yet many of our children are so remorseful after these rage outbursts, and they really do not mean it. .

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What our children need is what I like to call "fizzy breaks". These are breaks throughout their school day to go and let out some bubbles from their bottle of fizzy pop.

This maybe to do some relaxation to calm anxiety, a run around the play ground to help with attention, a room to go and let out tics if they are holding them in in class.

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These fizzy breaks are to support your child with whatever they need to be able to release some of the building pressure throughout the day.

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By implementing this simple strategy, and if used correctly, these after school explosions should decrease.

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#tourettesinachool #tourettesawareness💪 #empowerourticcers #ticbreaks

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