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ERIC Number: EJ852658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Tourette Syndrome: A Collaborative Approach Focused on Empowering Students, Families and Teachers
Christner, Beth; Dieker, Lisa A.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v40 n5 p44-51 May-Jun 2008
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurobiological disorder marked by a wide range of involuntary motor and vocal movements and sounds called "tics" (American Psychiatric Association, APA, 2000). This syndrome is frequently misunderstood and difficult to diagnose (Chamberlain, 2003). Recent television shows featuring the topic of TS such as "The Oprah Show," "Dr. Phil," and an HBO documentary "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" have brought national attention to TS, and yet misconceptions about it still persist. This article will (1) present factual information in order to increase knowledge about TS, (2) present TS from the perspectives of a teacher and a family in order to positively change misconceptions, and (3) suggest ways that collaboration can improve academic and social experience of children with TS. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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