Effectiveness of speech therapy in treating vocal blocking tics in children with Tourette syndrome: Two case reports

. 2023 May 24;13591045231177433.


doi: 10.1177/13591045231177433.


Online ahead of print.

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Sini Peltokorpi et al.


Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry.


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Abstract

Tourette syndrome is characterized by at least two motor tics and one vocal tic, which persist for over a year. Infrequently, tics can manifest as blocking tics in speech when they prevent a person from starting to speak or interrupt their speech flow. Vocal blocking tics (VBTs) resemble stuttering, and they can be difficult to differentiate from each other. A previous report described two patients with severe VBTs who did not benefit from stuttering-therapy-based speech therapy and were treated effectively with cannabis-based medicine. Here, we present the cases of two patients, seven- and nine-year-old boys, who benefited from speech therapy in which stuttering therapy techniques were used. Detailed descriptions of the interventions are included. Further research is needed to test the effectiveness of speech therapy in treating VBTs in a larger group of children with Tourette syndrome.


Keywords:

Tourette syndrome; blocking phenomena; blocking tics; complex tics; speech therapy; stuttering therapy; vocal blocking tics.

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