We take the students whose hopes were fading and give them the courage to look ahead.
SELF-ESTEEM – Kids that feel bad about themselves and abilities most likely hate school too. A lot of kids that are deemed “special ed” are discouraged that they are not achieving at the level they want to.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Tourette’s syndrome is commonly misunderstood to be a behavioral or emotional condition. It really is a neurological condition.
Students with Tourette’s syndrome are not automatically entitled to special education services. Eligibility depends on several factors. Simply having Tourette’s is not the only qualification. For example the child’s educational performance must be affected as a result of the Tourette’s syndrome. If Tourette’s is directly causing your student low grades and difficulty in school, you the parent will need to advocate for them. If you do not speak up, then the school may not help your child.
Tourette’s usually involves:
1. Tics: along a range of simple (e.g., rapid eye-blinking, facial grimacing, shoulder-shrugging) to complex (involving several muscle groups, such as hopping, bending, or twisting).
2. Vocalizations: also along a range of simple (throat-clearing, sniffing, grunting) to complex (involving words or phrases).
A great way for a Tourette’s student to cope with tics in school is to give the teacher a secret signal indicating a bathroom break. The student that feels that they cannot suppress the tics anymore or feels them coming on can go to the bathroom and release them in private. Then when the student feels they are more under control, they can return to the class without the other students knowing. This is a way of avoiding embarrassment and humiliation of other kids making fun of the situation. The trick also works for Asperger’s/autistic students that need to get let out an impulsive routine.
Tourette’s syndrome is a disorder characterized by tics (involuntary, rapid, sudden movements) and/or vocal outbursts that occur repeatedly. It’s an inherited, neurological disorder that is first noticed in childhood, usually between the ages of 7 and 10. Kids with Tourette’s syndrome often face the embarrassment and struggle for suppression of having their tics/outbursts in public. This is especially difficult in school when other children may tease them over it.