Ocean calming for
limb movements, known as tics, and erratic vocalisations that made even simple tasks difficult.
“It’s so frustrating for him. It is phenomenally exhausting; it’s really hard for people to understand how much it stops him from doing everyday tasks,” she said.
“That can be really embarrassing for him too because he is so worried about being judged.
“One of the worst things for him is the vocalisations; they are the hardest thing. He always says things that he doesn’t want to say and phrases and words just come out of his mouth.”
Matt said getting out in the surf brought him a sense of relief.
“The ocean helps me be calm, relaxed and control my tics,” he said.
Angela said Matt started at City of Perth SLSC three years ago at a time when it seemed like her son had “given up”.
“It was really hard because Tourette syndrome is a very private thing; they get so embarrassed, they tend to not want to do anything out in public,” she said.
“We had to really push him; sometimes it is like working with someone with chronic anxiety, where you just can’t go out, so it takes a lot of effort to do anything.