Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome
Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome, is a book written by Dylan Peters, a 9-year-old boy with Tourette syndrome (TS). In this personal narrative, Peters gives a timeline of events from his TS diagnosis to when he tells his friends and classmates he has TS.
Peters introduces himself by telling the reader how old he is and about his family. To delve further into his personality he states what sports and school subjects he likes most. When he was four years old he began to have tics, and his parents took him to a neurologist who prescribed medicine which would help reduce the intensity of the tics. The tics still occurred with medication. As the tics progressed in strength and intensity, Peters began to wonder if his friends would notice and if they would think he was strange. His friends began to ask questions about why he would do certain things such as blink twice or jerk his head. In the third grade, he decided to tell his friends and classmates of his Tourette syndrome. As the date of getting in front of his class to tell of his syndrome approached, his tics worsened. The day came and his mother went in to define Tourette syndrome for the class. Dylan then told his friends of his story so they could better understand him. After he did this his tics decreased in intensity. In the end he stated that this was most likely because he was not scared or nervous about what his friends would think anymore. In his last paragraph Peters stated that having Tourette syndrome does not change a person, it is just what makes that person who they are as a part of their personality.
The narrative starts with a foreword by former Major League Baseball player, Jim Eisenreich. Eisenreich, like Peters, grew up with Tourette syndrome; he commends Peters for writing his own narrative at such a young age and refers to the narrative as a "masterpiece".
According to the Canadian Family Physician:
Through simple, straightforward writing and child-oriented illustrations by buddy Zachary Wendland, Dylan Peters has created an appealing "storybook" resource for other kids. The title of the book pretty much explains what the book is about. The book is a useful tool for elementary-level students and their parents and teachers.
The book won a National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) for books ages six and up.
- Peters, Dylan. Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome. Chandler, AZ: Little Five Star, 2009, p. 7. ISBN 978-1-58985-162-7
- Reviewed by Janet Dollin (May 2008). "Tic talk. Living with Tourette syndrome. A 9-year-old boy’s story in his own words". Can Fam Physician 54 (5): 745. PMC 2377204.
- "Nappa Honors Winner: Tic Talk". parenthood.com. Retrieved December 8, 2010.