Navigating School with Tourettes Syndrome

If you have Tourettes Syndrome, you know how difficult school can be. Sadly, Tourettes often comes with some friends, like anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and other disorders that can cause difficulty learning and concentrating. Thankfully, there are solutions to these problems.

For one, there are competing responses. Competing responses are stretch-like movements that help ease that urge to tic. These are usually the opposite of the tic, and have just a few simple rules: they must be at least a minute long, they must be able to be done anywhere, and they must work. Simple, right? If you put your mind to it, you can find a competing response to any tic.

Another solution is to have a 504 Plan set in place. A 504 Plan is a special plan that allows you to do things the average student cannot. This can range from taking brief walks in the hallways to clear your mind to even going to a different room to decompress. All you need to do to get a 504 is ask your neurologist or doctor about receiving a plan and they will take it from there.

If you’re ever feeling like you’re alone when struggling with Tourettes, it’s important to know that you’re not. 1 in every 162 kids have Tourettes, and we all go through the same things. So know, you are never alone in your struggle.



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