Knowledge and understanding are key elements to creating an accepting and supportive educational environment. When school personnel have information about Tourette Syndrome (TS), students have greater opportunities for success. This resource, while not all-inclusive, provides strategies that will help you develop compassionate and effective supports.
Obsessions and compulsions can take so many forms that it is difficult to provide general strategies. It is important to first assess the nature of these symptoms. Learning strategies may require a team effort. Brainstorm possible solutions with the student, the family, and/or other professional personnel. Here are some examples. It may take some creativity to come up with the best learning style:
Many students with TS have sensory issues, and/or OCD symptoms, which can be overwhelming and result in increased stress, anxiety and sometimes anger. Encourage a student’s self-advocacy by establishing a trust with the student that his or her needs will be supported with respect.
Mutual respect, communication and trust will facilitate effective strategies and techniques, as well as play a positive role in the student’s learning.
REMEMBER that students with TS do not want to be out of control and may have difficulty using appropriate strategies “in the moment”.
SOURCE ARTICLE: Tourette Assocation of America
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