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ERIC Number: ED459552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 23
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Tourette Syndrome: A Case for Establishing the Individual Needs of Children at Risk.
Wilson, Jeni; Shrimpton, Bradley
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by multiple, involuntary, and repetitive motor and vocal tics. This paper addresses the educational needs of students with TS noting that, without proper intervention and appropriate learning experiences, these children often experience personal distress, reduced self-esteem, social problems, and school failures. It reports on results of questionnaires in ongoing case studies of 15 Australian students (14 boys and 1 girl). Analysis of questionnaire responses is organized around four categories: (1) feelings about TS, (2) effects on learning, (3) treatment by others, and (4) management of tics. Most respondents described their initial feelings about life with TS as negative but predictions of life in the future were more positive. Fourteen of the students reported that TS affected their learning in such ways as reducing concentration and the distraction of obsessive thoughts. Students generally felt they were treated differently because of their TS, although they appeared to feel less of this in the classroom environment. Two-thirds of students indicated that they try to cover up their tics. Possible teacher and student actions are organized around the physical dimension, social/emotional dimension, the psychological dimension, and the medical dimension. (Contains 15 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia