Students with TS Have Special Educational Needs
While school children with TS as a group have the same IQ range as the population at large, special educational support may be required. Some have certain types of learning disorders, which when combined with attention deficit disorder and the problems inherent in dealing with the frequent tics, may call for special educational assistance. The use of tape recorders, typewriters or computers for reading and writing problems, un-timed exams (in a private room if vocal tics are a problem) and permission to leave the classroom when tics become overwhelming are often helpful. Some children need extra help such as access to tutoring in a resource room.
When difficulties in school cannot be resolved, an educational evaluation may be indicated. Any child thus recognized as needing a specially designed program is entitled to the development and application of that program by his or her Board of Education. (Names of such special education services vary from province to province.)
A great resource for Educators is the "Circle of Support" Educators Resource Kit. This kit contains - Circle of Support: A Practical Guide to Tourette Syndrome for Educators VHS or DVD, an Interactive Workbook, a Facilitators Guide, Symptom Checklists, and a copy of Understanding Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Educators, 2nd Edition!