A freshman from Connecticut, teased and bullied for his Tourette syndrome, takes matters into his own hands.
Gavin Clampett and his 9-year-old sister Brynn have produced a powerful video explaining the syndrome in an attempt to stop his classmates from plucking at him, reports the SWNS
Nervous disease causes the first grader to experience a variety of motor and vocal tics, including grunting, exaggerated sniffing, and blinking.
"We can handle the tics, they only teach everyone else to accept them for them," said his mother, Rebecca, a job trainer and beautician.
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"You see Tourette syndrome in the media or you see a movie and 99 percent of the time I guarantee you it is used as a joke."
"It it's the cursing, the coprolalia, it's the stigma that people have that Tourette is someone who blabbered out all those inappropriate words when it's really only 10 percent of the case, "said the mother from Connecticut.
The tics and uncontrollable movements mean that Gavin, who is only 7 years old, gets dirty looks from people and kids make cruel comments.
Rebecca said, "He got some flack from his colleagues in his school who asked him to stop, so we made a video that explains what Tourette's syndrome is."
Gavin, the highly functioning Autism and OCD has played the video to his classmates so that they could understand the condition.
"We can teach our children to own it and stand up for it and educate people," Rebecca told SWNS.
"We are very uncertain about his diagnosis, and I would like to draw attention to every child who is going through this," she said.
In the video that Rebecca also shared on YouTube, Gavin's sister Tourettes explains "is a neurological disorder, meaning that it affects a person's brain making unwanted noise or movement."
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The 9-year-old adds, "These unwanted and unpleasant sounds and movements are called tics, but not like a tic found outside."
"These tics can be very conspicuous or not very noticeable, quiet or loud."
Gavin, who was five years old when he was diagnosed with Tourette, said, "They are like a hiccup and it does simple and I can not stop. "
He described," My jaw paces up and down … I have noises where the spit buzzes around my mouth and I have noises that sound like I'm sniffing. "
"They bother me a bit, but I" Okay, "he adds.
His sister Brynn concludes," I feel that my brother and every other child with Tourette syndrome is brave are. So be kind to them and do not treat them differently because they are just like you. "