Ocean calm­ing for

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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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d452745

Matthew Toms.

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