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Old 04-12-2019, 08:31 AM
 
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creating a 504 for a child recently diagnosed (long overdue).

some ideas i'm bringing to the table (thanks, kinderkrazy!) are:

--child may work outside room if she feels more comfortable
--child may exit room when the urge to tic is strong
--child may chew gum if it helps


do you have any other ideas?

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I have a girl I mentored who has severe Tourette’s. Things in her IEP that helped a lot were:

-reduced homework
-all textbooks and novels provided in audiobook format
-testing with para in a room by herself (tests not read aloud, just provided a solo testing room)

The reason for the first two accommodations was for the blinking. All people who develope Tourette’s have blinking tics. She was so tired from constant blinking all day long that she was unable to focus her eyes enough to see text books after school hours. In high school she set aside 4 hours an evening to listen to all her reading assignments while sitting on the couch with headphones. In elementary school she spent 1-2 hours a day just listening to her text books.

Edited to add: Sjes in college now studying to be a special education teacher. She has a college plan of five years, and is acing college with slight accommodations.
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There is helpful information for educators at the Tourette's Association site.

https://tourette.org/resources/overv...cation-rights/
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I like all the suggestions. I had a child with severe neck twitches and a crappy home life. No one had a clue how to help me.

The one thing I would do, is to sit down with your class, when child is not there, and explain why child acts this way.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:24 AM
 
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keltik--

we did this a couple weeks ago (she was actually there and mom came as well) i talked about how most people have some "condition"--shared some of mine, kids shared some of theirs, i gave them some basic information about Tourettes, mom shared a bit, one or two kids asked her a question--we went to recess--kid went home to start early weekend and felt much better that everyone knew.


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