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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The documentary explains what Tourette's Syndrome is, shows examples of tics and symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, and gives viewers a look at the lives of children with Tourette's Syndrome.
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Positive Role Models
The children featured in the documentary bravely show what their lives are like with Tourette's Syndrome. They candidly discuss their challenges, fears, and insecurities. They teach about Tourette's and appeal to viewers to learn more.
The children featured in the documentary are all living with Tourette's Syndrome, which is a rare condition that affects 1 in 1,000 people. The cast isn't very diverse, but it mirrors the demographics of people living with Tourette's in the U.S.
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The children featured in the documentary are candid about names they are called at school and other social gatherings, like "retard" and "gay." Some of the classmates of the featured children reflect on how they initially perceived the children with Tourette's, using similar language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Have Tourette's, But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me is a 2005 documentary produced by the Tourette Association of America. It gives a candid look at life with Tourette's Syndrome through the eyes of children ages eight to thirteen, portraying their challenges and struggles, hopes and dreams. The kids all deal with teasing, and some mention that they are called names like "retard" and "gay." There are some scenes that include home video of children having severe tics that may be difficult for younger viewers. Overall, the documentary is family-friendly and beneficial for viewers of all ages to watch.
Is It Any Good?
This important film teaches meaningful lessons, not just about Tourette's Syndrome - but about tolerance, empathy, and perseverance. In I Have Tourette's, But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me, viewers get an inside look at what life is like with the debilitating condition that is often stigmatizing and isolating for those who suffer from it. Showcasing the personal accounts through the lens of children who just want to be accepted and included, the documentary humanizes Tourette's. By shedding a light on a topic that many people know little about but are quick to judge, this documentary takes us one step closer to a kinder, more inclusive world.
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