Lately I seem to have been having more trouble than usual talking in class because of my tics. When I have something I want to say in class, more often than not, my body locks up, I start ticcing a lot, and when my body has finally calmed down the conversation has moved on and what I had to say is no longer relevant or I’ve completely forgotten whatever it was I was going to say.
I have a tic where my eyes go out of focus, my whole body locks up and freezes, and I can’t say a word. That seems to be the No. 1 tic that’s interfering with my talking in class. The only class this really interferes with is my Poetry Writing 2 class. The rest of my classes don’t really give a class participation grade, but my poetry class does.
So, I decided to e-mail my poetry teacher today, and this is the e-mail I sent her:
I wanted to let you know that I’ve been having trouble participating in class lately due to my tics. I’ve had this problem in the past, but it seems to be becoming more frequent again. More often than not, when I want to say something in class my tics interfere and I’m not able to open my mouth and say what I want to say. Hopefully this problem will pass soon, but I’m really not sure.
I wanted to let you know about this in hopes that it will not affect my participation grade.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Hopefully, she will understand. And, hopefully, my participation grade won’t be affected by this. I’ll keep you guys updated and let you know what she says in response to this e-mail.
So far, my college has been incredibly understanding of my TS and I have come across very few problems, if any at all. So I expect that she will be understanding and that her response will be positive!