Tourette's Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by tics - involuntary, rapid, sudden movements that occur repeatedly in the same way. Tics are experienced as irresistible and, as the urge to sneeze, must eventually be performed. Typically, tics increase as a result of tension or stress and decrease with relaxation or concentration on an absorbing task.
Characteristics of Tourette's Syndrome
- Involuntarily blinking of eyes
- Head jerking
- Flailing of arms
- Throat clearing
- Vocalization of obscene words
- Various tics
- Ritualistic behaviors
- The tics may come and go
- Symptoms of Tourette's syndrome may change over time
- The student may need to use a recorder, laptop computer, or desktop computer for reading and writing problems.
- Extended time exams may be necessary in a private room if vocal tics are a problem.
- Permission for the student to leave the classroom when tics become overwhelming may help.
- The student's movements and noises can be somewhat disruptive to the class. Remember, they are occurring involuntarily - so do not react with anger or annoyance.