Legislators yesterday called on the government to play a more active role in the schooling of kids suffering from Tourette Syndrome, many of whom are not even aware that they may have the syndrome.
Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that sets in during childhood and is characterized by tics, or involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way.
Democratic Progressive Party legislators Chen Ying (
A fifth-grade student named Wen-hao (
Chen said that before the age of five, Wen-hao liked to read and draw like any other kid and could stay calm for periods longer than two hours.
Changes started to occur though when Wen-hao turned six or seven, when he couldn't seem to stop himself from touching other people. In his first year in school, Wen-hao was also prone to teasing other people. At the age of 10 to 11, he had problems concentrating and began to fall behind in school. Wen-hao was finally diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome when he was in fourth grade.
Wang Hui-hsiung (
The condition will not be treated by medication unless absolutely neccessary. Encouraging children to exercise to release their energy can often help ease the symptoms, he said.
Wang went on to say that a third of people with Tourette Syndrome usually recover during their teen years, another third do so when they reach adulthood, while some may have to live with it for the rest of their lives.
Wang added though that as long as patients learn how to release their energy, they should be able to lead normal lives.