The following entry is from RuthieP, who posts regularly on the Teens4TS blog:
So I’m going to be starting a Big/Little program for kids (elementary-school aged), teens (middle school or high school-aged) and college students with Tourette Syndrome. For those of you who don’t know what a Big/Little program is, it’s pretty simple.
A younger kid or middle school student (the Little) gets paired up with a student in college or high school (the Big, who will most of the time be someone from their area), and the Big serves as a kind of big sister or big brother point person for the little to specifically be connected to on a one-to-one basis.
The little can ask their big for advice or contact them about things that they might not be comfortable posting about in a large group or just talk to them about things that you would want one person’s perspective on who you come to trust and know as a “big sister/brother.”
The Big/Little relationship is a special and sometimes lifelong bond, so I would encourage you to sign up to be part of this program! If you are a college student or high school student who wants to take on a little or a high school student or elementary/middle school student who wants to be placed with a Big, simply comment on this post or message me on my A Little Bit Different page on Facebook saying so.
What you will need to do is provide the following information:
- Where you are from
- If you want to be a Big or a Little
- The age range you would like your Big/Little to be in
- A little bit about your type/severity of TS
- What hobbies/subjects you enjoy
- Anything else you would want me to know in order to help me place you with the best Big/Little possible!
- Also send me a picture of yourself!
Parents can do the Facebooking/contacting me for their kids as well! Also, if you have any questions about this, you can comment or message me. :) If you want to big a Big sister/brother than join this group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/128492263990112/ and if you or your child wants to be a little then join this group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/272509869547324/.