Back to School with Tourette Syndrome
The summer is winding down, back-to-school shopping is inevitable and parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. With the laid-back atmosphere of the summer, it can be difficult for children with Tourette syndrome (TS), as well as their parents to get transition back to the structured setting of school.
When tics and the co-occurring conditions of TS worsen around the beginning of the school year, it is important to prepare for this transition prior to the start of the first day of school.
Finding resources and advocacy materials can be difficult, so we have compiled many resources that you can use to help with the transition.
- 504 plan Accommodations for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) Slideshow
- Practical organization and time management for middle/high school students with ADHD Webinar
- Additional ADDitude Free Webinars
- Back-to-school ready tips
- Back-to-school 4-week calendar
- Parenting Coach Guide for School & Learning
- Experience your child’s disorder “through your child’s eyes”
- Managing back to school anxiety
- School accommodations with anxiety
- Getting ready for school- helping your child overcome school refusal or school phobia
- How to help your child feel less anxious with daily activities (including homework, school, etc.)
- Problems with sleep and treatment approaches
When speaking to the school, some useful tips to remember:
- Keep things positive:
- Don’t forget to bring in the strengths of your child
- Thank the teacher and school for their work with your child. Since teachers desire to improve the lives of their students, we want to make sure that the teachers themselves feel supported.
- The ADDitude Magazine provides a resource for seven strategies for talking to the school.
- Have support:
- Have a written letter. This can be from a physician or therapist describing strengths and possible accommodations recommendations.
- Create a peer-support system at school to increase your child’s confidence.
- Utilize the your local TAA support group chapter
If you would like further resources, contact your local therapist or Center of Excellence.