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My word of the year: DISCIPLINE

It has occurred to me recently that whining and complaining is not all that it’s cracked up to be. At some point in one’s life, it becomes necessary to actually do something about what they want changed. This realization didn’t happen for… Continue Reading

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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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Spotting Tourette in the Classroom, Part 1: What sets TS apart

Everyone remembers that kid in class who made weird noises to annoy the teacher. “And now we’re going to review the Pythagorean Theorem…” “Beedew, beedew, beedew!” *Annoyed look at Johnny* “…which we learned about last week.” *Thump, thump, thump* “Johnny, that… Continue Reading

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Coprolalia, Part 4: Coprolalia myths demystified

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… Continue Reading