ERIC Number: ED429397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Children with Tourette Syndrome. ERIC Digest E570.
This digest provides basic information on Tourette Syndrome (TS) as well as guidelines for appropriate classroom accommodations. It reports that about 100,000 Americans have diagnosed TS with symptoms including multiple motor and vocal tics; frequent (daily) occurrence of bouts of tics; periodic changes in the number, frequency, and severity of the tics; and onset before age 18. The paper notes commonly associated behaviors including obsessions, compulsions and ritualistic behaviors, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, and difficulties with impulse control. Tips for establishing the proper learning environment include giving permission to leave the classroom when tics become overwhelming and working with other students to minimize ridicule and teasing. Specific accommodations are also suggested for writing problems (such as cutting down on required copying), language problems (such as giving directions only one or two steps at a time), and attention problems (such as seating the child in front of the teacher to minimize the visual distraction of classmates. (DB)
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Behavior Problems, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Individualized Instruction, Learning Disabilities, Neurological Impairments, Special Health Problems, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.