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Tourette Syndrome is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder with onset in childhood that is characterized by numerous physical (motor) tics and at least one verbal (phonic) tic. Tics are sudden, repetitive, nonryhthmic movements (motor tics) and utterances (phonic tics) that involve discrete muscle groups. Motor tics are based on movement, while phonic tics are involuntary sounds made by moving air through the nose, mouth, or throat. The tics occure intermittently and unpredictably out of a background of normal motor activity. There is a website called Pier Science that is about raising awareness for Tourette syndrome. The website is run by Pier Phillips, a 10-year-old boy with Tourette syndrome. Pier also makes weighted lap pads filled with rice with his mom.

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