Helping young people understand Tourette’s Syndrome


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.

‘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.’

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

‘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.

– Jeremy Stern, Chair of Tourette Syndrome (UK) Association

Why Do You Do That? A Book about Tourette Syndrome for Children and Young People
Uttom Chowdhury and Mary Robertson
Illustrations by Liz Whallett
Foreword by Tim Howard
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
116 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB, UK
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
March 2006
ISBN 1 84310 395 8
Paperback, 96 pages

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