The purpose of this thesis is to explore the emotional state and challenges of the parents of children with Tourette syndrome. It uses in depth interviews with parents of special needs children along with data analysis. This thesis also studies their particular spiritual needs and how the church can address special needs families in the community and provide pastoral care for their support.
The thesis uses semi-structured, extended interviews with three Christian parents of children with Tourette’s. Six major identified topics included: making new friends, parental love, medical advice, school suitability, the role of the church, and family life.
Finally, the thesis makes some recommendations for parents in this situation and offers advice for the church. The author proposes a 12-week consultative support group program for all of the parents in the church who have children with Tourette’s. The hope is that the program can help the church to provide more efficient care for these families as they deal with a sense of loss and many frustrations, and also may help them regain a sense of normalcy and new hope through group members’ acceptance and support for each other.