Children and Tourette Syndrome
Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome (tics) tend to emerge between the ages of 5-7 years and often increase in frequency and severity between the ages of 8-12 years. In addition to the medical and behavioral challenges that come hand-in-hand with TS, children also face challenging social and educational situations, which can be stressful.
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TS in the Classroom
Standing up for yourself: Explaining Tourette at School
This section explains ways you can talk to your classmates and teachers about Tourette Syndrome, including a class activity.
Strategies & Techniques
Managing Tourette Syndrome or a Tic Disorder in the classroom requires knowledge and understanding. These are the key elements to creating an accepting and supportive educational environment.
What is Assistive Technology (AT)? Any item, piece of equipment, product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional ece of equipment, capabilities of children with disabilities.” – Sec. 300.5 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Assistive Technology (AT) can be any tool, device, or resource that helps people with disabilities access and participate in activities in their daily life.
Bullying Prevention & Strategies
Schools and communities have embraced new, effective strategies and implemented programs to prevent bullying. Educating students about Tourette can be an important first step to prevent bullying. If a child’s fellow classmates are not properly educated about TS, the potential for bullying can increase, and the child is more likely to develop poor social skills, under-achieve academically and suffer from low self-esteem. When students understand TS, they generally become more comfortable with their classmate and are less likely to bully or to condone the bullying
Parents Get Support for Your Child
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence.
It is part of the spectrum of Tic Disorders and is characterized by motor and vocal tics. The current estimates are that 1 out of every 50 children has TS or another Tic Disorder.
This toolkit, designed for 7 to 12-year-olds, helps children to explain Tourette Syndrome to their peers, friends, and family.
The guide explains to children what TS is and how it might affect a child at school, while also providing empowering support and fun games.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
The Kid’s Corner features interactive resources for children to help educate the public about Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders. The Tourette Association of America, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), created these materials to provide comprehensive information about specific topics related to children:
Comic Book Series!
Exploring Tourette Syndrome: Facing Challenges is a new series of comic books for children in different public situations. The first three comic books focus on exploring situations at home, in school, and at the mall.
Download these fun games to learn about all things tic related.
Tourette is part of me, but it doesn't define me.
Become a Jr. Youth Ambassador
Inspired by our Youth Ambassador Program, the Junior Youth Ambassador Program trains children aged 7-11 with Tourette Syndrome or other Tic Disorders how to advocate for themselves in a world where TS is still highly misunderstood. The Jr. Youth Ambassador Program brings together and supports children and their parents as they learn about Tourette Syndrome and address specific topics such as self-advocacy, community service, and bullying.
Get an 'I Have TS' ID Card
Much of the stigma that surrounds Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Tic Disorders comes from misunderstanding.
These informational cards help explain the effects of TS and Tic Disorders and are particularly useful in high stress situations, like traveling and crowded places.
A Guide for Patients and Families (Toolkit)
This guide is meant to serve as a starting point for families who have just received a new diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome or other Tic Disorder. It will provide you with an overview, addressing several areas of living with these conditions.
Emotional Overload: Understanding Non-Tic Related Behaviors (Toolkit)
While emotional overload can be a disruptive and sometimes difficult facet of living with TS or other Tic Disorder, this helpful toolkit outlines all you need to know as well as strategies to overcome these challenges.
What is CBIT (Toolkit)
Download this helpful toolkit to learn more about Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) – the front line therapy that helps people living with Tourette Syndrome or other Tic Disorder to minimize the negative impacts of their tics and thrive.
What is Tourette Syndrome (Toolkit)
Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations. They are the defining feature of a group of childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions known collectively as Tic Disorders and individually as Tourette Syndrome, Chronic Tic Disorder (Motor or Vocal Type), and Provisional Tic Disorder. The three Tic Disorders are distinguished by the types of tics present (motor, vocal/ phonic, or both) and by the length of time that the tics have been present. Individuals with Tourette Syndrome (TS) have had at least two motor tics and at least one vocal/phonic tic in some combination over the course of more than a year. By contrast, individuals with Chronic Tic Disorder have either motor tics or vocal tics that have been present for more than a year, and individuals with Provisional Tic Disorder have tics that have been present for less than a year.