vocal tic


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vocal tic

n.
An abrupt exclamation, utterance, or other vocalization, especially as produced by a person with Tourette syndrome.
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He still stammered and stuttered, but he used his vocal tic as part of his act-a savvy and courageous decision that could inspire other vocally impaired people to similarly struggle to succeed.
For example, she recounted how after a Biscuit Land performance, an audience member commented on how they had heard someone saying the name "Allen" as a vocal tic throughout the show (Thom's word is, natch, "biscuit").
There is a stigma around it, but I feel strongly it doesn't matter whether a child swears, has a vocal tic or a physical tic - they're all completely involuntary.
The cough was evaluated to be vocal tic considering the patient's history, cough features and course and accompanying motor tics.
After 2 weeks at this dose there was a significant reduction in his symptoms, his vocal tic had disappeared but some motor tics and occasional grimacing remained.
Colin also said that after portraying someone with a stammer, he found the vocal tic surfacing when he spoke away from filming.
Joined by two of his legit co-actors, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega, along with Amy Ryan, Hoffman puts this emotionally valid story across with few hiccups (he sometimes can't disguise the stage origins of scene beginnings and ends) but quite a few coughs--Jack has a vocal tic of emitting abrupt coughs when he's nervous, which is often.
Tourette syndrome (TS) is an inheritable, childhood-onset neurologic disorder marked by persistent multiple motor tics and at least one vocal tic (1).
This vocal tic led unfairly, though perhaps understandably, to the other definition of the word, suggesting eccentricity and craziness.
Carr, Taylor, Wallander, and Reiss (1996) found no stimulus contingency for a vocal tic in an 11 year old male student, except that it worsened when he was spoken to in a disapproving manner, but improved when he was involved in academic study, suggesting a role of social activity.
Moreover, 21 children had at least one family member with a history of a motor or vocal tic.
Aim: In this study, it was aimed to evaluate the quality of life and self-esteem in children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome (TS) and other chronic motor or vocal tic disorders in comparison with the control group.