TS Bullying: Prevention & Strategies


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Even one child being bullied anywhere is one too many, but reports indicate that over 160,000 children stay home from school every day due to bullying issues!  Often families affected by Tourette Syndrome contact the Tourette Association to share their experiences and seek support. 

It is heartening to learn that new and hopefully more effective approaches are being developed and implemented to address this important issue affecting our children and our schools.  Educators and clinicians are increasingly working to cultivate school cultures that won’t put up with bullying behavior. Moreover, fellow students are being encouraged to step up and do what they can to end bullying among their peers. Opportunities to help our young people develop leadership skills in this process sound promising!
Tourette Syndrome Association offers a changing and growing array of Bullying Prevention resources for your consideration. We hope this material will provide you with ideas and strategies to effectively manage this issue. Simply put, bullying is not acceptable.

Bullying Prevention: Everyone's Responsibility
Tourette Association 2014
National Conference Julie Hertzog, Bullying Prevention Project Director, PACER

WEBINAR - Bullying Prevention and Tourette Syndrome
Live Presentation 10/24/14 - Audio/Slides
Click HERE to View/Listen to Recorded Session

Stand Up for Tourette Syndrome title
Video: "StandUp for Tourette Syndrome"
(3 min., 39 sec.)
View the Video, Download the Video (English or English with Spanish subtitles) and/or
Teachers' Guide (English or Spanish

Read the Tourette Association's "Ask the Expert" column from our Summer/Fall 2014 newsletter: Julie Hertzog of PACER answers questions about Bullying

Video: "Bullying"
(41 min., 12 sec.)
Presented by Julie Hertzog,
Bullying Prevention Project Director, PACER
and Sandra Hollis, Chair, Tourette Association Education Advisory Board
(originally presented at the Tourette Association's Conference, April 2010)

Bullying Prevention: Positive Strategies - Use Positive Strategies to Protect Your Child with a Disability from Bullying - FREE Publication - click here to download in English; click here to download in Spanish.

The personal strengths and leadership qualities of fellow students play a role in addressing bullying in our schools. This paper discusses this valuable approach to one of our nation’s most troubling challenges. Authored by Tourette Association’s colleagues at PACER.org, with contributions from Tourette Association specialists. The Tourette Association is a “Community Partner” with PACER.
Bullying Prevention: Tourette Association Audio Presentation

All students have the right to attend school free of fear of harassment and bullying. Who is responsible for stopping and preventing bullying? What actions can be taken to stop and prevent bullying? Julie Hertzog, PACER's Bullying Prevention Project Director, talks about types of bullying, the increase of cyber-bullying, effective anti-bullying programs and the need for communities to unite in their knowledge and response to the problem. Julie also addresses the role of the bystander, suggesting ways to protest when they see bullying happening - which may prevent bullies from acting in hurtful ways, and protect victims from abuse. PACER Center's Bullying Prevention Project is designed to be used by all students - those with disabilities and those without disabilities; those who are bullied, those who witness bullying, and those who bully. Audio presentation with slides and/or downloadable MP3 audio file (29 min. 50 sec.).
Click here to listen to/view this presentation with accompanying slide show.
Bullying101: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know
originally printed the newsletter of the national Tourette Syndrome Association, Spring 2010 issue

"Schoolyard bullies have always existed and adults have often diminished their cruelty saying, “boys will be boys” or “bullies back down when you stand up to them.” But children with Tourette Syndrome are often targeted by their peers for an especially cruel dose of bullying and there are constructive things that parents, teachers and children can do.The Tourette Association has tapped two experts Megan Moiser, M.A., Olweus Bully Prevention Trainer, who has TS and Kathy Giordano, Tourette Association Education Specialist, for insights and strategies that work..."

Teacher's Guide: I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me
(companion guide to the HBO Award winning video)

I Have Tourette’s but Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me is a documentary about several very special children with Tourette Syndrome who live in a world that very rarely understands them. TS is a neurological disorder characterized by uncontrollable movements and vocalizations referred to as motor and vocal “tics.” In the film, these children talk openly about the conflicts they face each day as they struggle, like all children, to fit in. There is a wonderful moral and social message to be learned from this documentary for all students as they meet and begin to view the lives of these young people... "

Ask the Expert: Peaceable Schools Coordinator Megan Toy

"Is there anything that parents can do or say to their young child who is being teased about TS at school and on the playground"

The child has done nothing wrong. Young children (and older people, too) often tease and criticize that which they do not understand. The unknown can be frightening to children, and some children handle this fear by making light of it and teasing. Educate your child’s peers about TS. Answer their questions honestly. If your child is old enough and comfortable, have your child be the one to educate his or her peers..."
by Tari Topolski, PhD

"It is routinely assumed that children and youth with chronic illness, such as Tourette Syndrome are at risk for poor quality of life outcomes. Moreover, quality of life is an important and primary justification for the management of Tourette Syndrome. Despite this, very few studies have been conducted to assist in determining the factors that affect quality of life of youth with Tourette Syndrome..."

Other valuable Anti-Bullying resources may be found at:

U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Youth Violence Prevention
U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Tourette Syndrome/Bullying

U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - CyberBullying
      en Español - http://www.cdc.gov/spanish/especialesCDC/AgresionElectronica/

U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Link to Additional Resources

NIH Anti-Bullying Resources - en Español

PACER (Parent Training and Information Center)

(National Association of School Psychologists)

HRSA (U.S. Department of Health and Services Administration) - Stop Bullying Now!
      What Adults Can Do
      What Kids Can Do

Operation Respect - http://www.operationrespect.org/ (work of Peter Yarrow)

Stomp Out Bullying - a National Anti-Bullying Program and CyberBullying Progam for Kids and Teens -       http://stompoutbullying.org/

      for Parents - http://kidshealth.org/parent/index.jsp?tracking=P_Home
      for Kids - http://kidshealth.org/kid/
      for Teens - http://kidshealth.org/teen/index.jsp?tracking=T_Home
      en Español - http://kidshealth.org/parent/centers/spanish_center_esp.html

National School Climate Center- http://schoolclimate.org

Beatbullying - http://www.beatbullying.org/

The information provided in this material was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number DD000343 from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC or the Tourette Association.

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