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ERIC Number: ED310595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 23
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The Evolution of Learning Disabilities in Children with Tourette Syndrome: Educational Implications.
Harris, Deborah M.
The paper examines implications of the high incidence of learning disabilities in children with Tourette Syndrome. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary muscle jerks and vocalizations. Approximately 60% of children with Tourette Syndrome are classified as learning disabled. It is possible that this high correlation between Tourette Syndrome and learning disability is partly the result of inappropriate educational responses to the needs of these children and the children's response to how others react to their disorder. These children may be so preoccupied with controlling their symptoms that they miss important educational input, fall further and further behind, and wind up eventually in the learning disabled category. To test this hypothesis, the mothers of three children with Tourette Syndrome were interviewed extensively about the educational progression of their child. The three case studies support the hypothesis; each of these children were placed in learning disability programs after a lag in achievement facilitated by the child's preoccupation with controlling tics. The paper stresses the importance of proper identification, the necessity of building self-esteem, and the importance of informed and sensitive teachers for children with Tourette Syndrome. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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