Do children with Tourette syndrome have an advantage at language?
Children with Tourette syndrome may process aspects of language faster than other children, a new study shows.
Researchers from Newcastle University UK, and Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown in the USA, found that children with the neurological disorder were faster at assembling sounds into words - the part of language called phonology - than typically developing children. They believe this is linked to abnormalities in the brain that underpin the disorder.
Tourette syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by motor and vocal tics - semi-voluntary movements and vocalisations. According to the charity Tourettes Action UK, it is estimated the condition affects about one child in every hundred, and that more than 300,000 children and adults in the UK live with it.