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Spotting Tourette in the Classroom, Part 2: So what’s a teacher to do?

Everyone remembers that kid in class who made weird noises to annoy the teacher. But what about those instances where the noises aren’t meant to drive the teacher crazy? Is it possible a student might be dealing with Tourette Syndrome? How do… Continue Reading

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School meetings: How to make them easier

Ken Shyminsky, a former vice president of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, draws upon his personal experiences as a teacher and student with Tourette Syndrome to help children with TS and related disorders. He also has… Continue Reading

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Concerned about my son and his tics

I am a concerned mother for my 5 1/2-year-old son, Ethan. He has blinking tics since probably a half-year ago, on and off. And since last week, I have noticed that he also turns his head and neck repetitively left… Continue Reading

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Supporting Students with TS+, Part 4: Guest Blogger Dr. Norm Forman

For parents of children with exceptionalities like Tourette Syndrome, OCD, ADHD and mood disorders, classroom strategies are a very popular topic. Parents are eager to understand how their child’s education team can help remove roadblocks to learning, but it is… Continue Reading

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Should I medicate symptoms of my disorder?

Ken Shyminsky, a former vice president of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, draws upon his personal experiences as an teacher and student with Tourette Syndrome to help children with TS and related disorders. He also has… Continue Reading

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Through a child’s eyes

Having any sort of disorder can make a person have to grow up a little bit faster. I remember being a little girl, first diagnosed and not having a care in the world because I was not yet aware of… Continue Reading

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Need advice: Coprolalia negatively affecting my son

Here is a post from a mother who wishes to remain anonymous. She could really use help, though, so please consider commenting with a reply if you are reading this. Thank you! I’ve asked questions before, and it always helps… Continue Reading

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Helicopter Parenting Alert: When do you step in?

I’m not a fan of helicopter parenting. Part of that results from the fact that I was always too busy socializing with other adults than to actually pay attention to my son freaking another 3-year-old out about some Scooby Doo… Continue Reading

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Book Review No. 2: “Welcome To Biscuit Land”

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity review a book by the very talented and funny Jessica Thom called “Welcome to Biscuit Land.” Not unlike the other Tourette book I had the honor of reviewing, “Welcome… Continue Reading

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STOP … in the name of love

Who doesn’t know that song? I was never a fan, which is why I sometimes don’t get the message. You know… STOP before you tell your husband every reason why he doesn’t do exactly what he’s supposed to do for… Continue Reading