Tonight I had a very insightful conversation with Joey’s mother, Michelle. All of her sons have tourette syndrome and she had to make herself extremely informed about the disorder and how to deal with it.
It was hard for her in the beginning because she didn’t understand it well. She told me that every day was a challenge when her oldest sons, Danny and Joey, were young. Even now with her youngest son. And its especially hard because “they are all so different in their mannerisms in the way they have it.” Their mannerisms can also change daily. In the same way no person is exactly alike, nobody with tourette’s is alike either.
She told me “it was hard when I was younger”. But now she’s extremely well informed and understanding and supports her sons the best she can.