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ERIC Number: ED463604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Managing Diversity: Reflections of Tourette Syndrome Sufferers.
Wilson, Jeni; Shrimpton, Bradley
This paper discusses a study that investigated the management of Tourette Syndrome (TS), particularly how self-reflection and instruction affects the frequency of TS behaviors. The study included 3 girls and 24 boys (ages 7-17) with TS from Victoria and New South Wales, Australia. When students were asked to indicate their general self-image and their self-image when experiencing tics, the majority of students indicated their general feelings of self-worth declined from good or above to just under two-thirds rating their feelings as either low or good/low during tic episodes. Most respondents described their initial feelings about life with TS as negative, but overall predications of life in the future are more positive. Twelve of the students reported they felt they were treated the same as others by teachers and other students. Of the 15 students who said they were treated differently at school, many commented on their advantaged treatment by teachers. Seventeen students reported various effects that TS had on learning, including reduced concentration and obsessive thoughts. Self-management tips identified by students included covering up their tics, thinking about them, and disguising the tics. Factors contributing to student and parent satisfaction with teachers included regular three-way communication. (Contains 16 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia