I Can’t Stop: A Story about Tourette Syndrome
One day Nathan starts blinking-a lot. It bothers his parents and his sister. After a while the blinking stops, but then Nathan starts sniffing. One of his classmates complains to the teacher. Then after a swim meet, Nathan’s head keeps moving back and forth. His mom is annoyed and asks him to stop. But the problem is, Nathan can’t stop.
A doctor explains that Nathan’s movements are called tics. Lots of children have them, and if they continue for a long time, that’s called Tourette syndrome, or TS. With the help of his doctor, his parents, and his best friend, Nathan works on managing his tics so they aren’t so noticeable to other people.
I Can’t Stop received a 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio award and is a 2005 Bank Street College of Education Best Book.