In today's society, Educators face any number of issues with students within the classroom environment. Students with Tourette Syndrome (TS) often have added or associated conditions such as ADD, ADHD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. When we refer to a student who has TS plus associated conditions, we often us the term TS+.
Educators have an important, if not critical, role in the lives of students with TS. As a crucial member of the education team, the teacher's approach can help the student with TS develop self-awareness and self-management. A meaningful and consistent teacher/student relationship enables the student, as he or she matures, to move from parent-advocacy to self-advocacy. Real and empathetic understanding of these students makes a tremendous difference that will carry over to affect the quality of life for them and their entire families.
The TSFC has been instrumental in working with educators, families and students with TS and TS+ as the team approach is a required component in allowing a student afflicted with this disorder to develop his or her full potential.
TSFC volunteers have been certified across Canada to conduct In-service Presentations to Schools, either within the classroom, or solely for the Educators and Administrators. In-service Presentations within the classroom will only be conducted with the expressed permission of the student and family, and by invitation of the educator or the school. For more information about In-service Presentations, call the TSFC National Office at .
The TSFC also provides resources such as our highly regarded Educators Resource Kit. This kit contains:
Our local Chapters can be found across Canada. They work with the National Office to provide support of students with TS or TS+. The Chapters are comprised of volunteers who often have first hand experience with the school system and its needs, as these are usually parents of TS youth.
Each student will face individual challenges with their TS or TS+, and how it relates to their daily actions and interactions. Stress is a prime issue that will often increase the severity of the tics, causing undue pressures for the student at school and at home. The prevention or the ability to lessen the stress facing these youth will enhance their learning within the classroom environment. A team approach is vital in developing an Education Plan along with the tactics to be applied for each student.
The TSFC, along with the families of these students, and in partnership with educators, will foster an enhanced learning environment. Many of the strategies can be obtained directly by attending the Educators' Day at our National Conference. The annual conference provides specialized presentations by professionals in the field of TS and TS+.