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Supporting Your Children’s Transition Back to School Post-Pandemic

English Presentation

The Tourette Association of America reviews ways to help support children with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders.  We review ways to develop a working relationship with the school, strategies that children can use to cope effectively with symptoms, management strategies available, and school systems in place to help your children be successful.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic and other life stressors affect an individual’s ability to manage their symptoms of Tourette. 
  2. It’s important to establish healthy coping skills that will help reduce one’s stress level. 
  3. Understanding the school resources (e.g., psychoeducational evaluations, IEPs, 504 plans, FBA, and BIPs) may play a crucial role in successful re-entry.

Presentación en Español

Apoyando a sus hijos con Síndrome de Tourette y Trastornos de Tics en la transición de regreso a la escuela después de la pandemia

La Sra. Mendoza revisará las maneras de lograr una relación de colaboración con la escuela, las estrategias que los niños pueden utilizar para hacer frente a los síntomas de manera efectiva, las estrategias de control disponibles y los sistemas escolares que existen para ayudar a sus hijos a tener éxito.

Puntos principales a tomar en cuenta:

  1. La pandemia de COVID-19 y otros factores de estrés de la vida afectan la capacidad de un individuo para controlar sus síntomas de Tourette.  
  2. Es importante establecer habilidades de afrontamiento positivas que ayuden a reducir el nivel de estrés.
  3. La comprensión de los servicios escolares (por ejemplo, las evaluaciones psicoeducativas, los IEP, los planes 504, las FBA y los BIP) puede ser crucial para el éxito de la reintegración.
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Patty Mendoza is the Lead School Psychologist in the Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD). She holds a Master’s degree from California State University, Fresno.  Her experience as a School Psychologist has been extensive, serving grades from preschool to high school. Her experiences include a broad range of services, such as psychoeducational evaluations, consultations with teachers, parents, and administrators, counseling, crisis interventions, threat assessments, functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, manifestation determinations, collaboration in 504 plans, collaboration in the implementation and monitoring of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), district-level Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI), and district-level Safety Care trainings. In addition, she is a Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) practitioner. She participated in the Treating Tourette Together (TTT) project, which brought together people with Tourette Syndrome, their families, clinicians, researchers, and other stakeholders to set an agenda for the next generation of CBIT research.