is the best workshop I've been to in many, many, many
- knocked my socks off!"
I walked in and saw [Duncan] yesterday I said to my friends, "What
could this young guy ever have to teach me about this stuff?" Well,
it turned out you had a whole lot to teach us all. Probably every one
of us does if we weren't so afraid to let people see our vulnerability,
our own personal hidden 'twitches'."
was simply adored by staff and students. He truly made an impact on
my peers. It was inspiring....He validated all that I try to do....In
short it was a tremendous day."
wish the student I had last year could see you. It would give him such
most valuable tools to bestow upon teachers are those we can use on
a daily basis. You have equipped us well....This day was the best
professional development opportunity I've had!"
my two students with Tourette's, and their families, this was so encouraging
and positive - they were just knocked out by his acceptance and humour
about something that they were anxious about. These kids have truly
been empowered by this experience and are still talking about it this
for your personal comments in allowing us to see "inside"
the life of a person dealing with tourette syndrome..."
learned a lot, though I thought I knew about "Tourette's Syndrome"
when I first came here.."
was absolutely spell-bound, and I think that was true for the rest of
the audience. I think it was immensely beneficial for everyone, on a
huge variety of levels....I really liked the way you answered people's
questions about medication."
my expectations. x2"
material presented will help me where I work as well as at home!"
say that you touched me deeply is an understatement....I was simply
rivetted....[Oliver] Sacks and you seem to be making the point that
the TS reflects the best of the people who are afflicted....The answer:
understanding and compassion for the individual...."
too bad we didn't have more time....1st time I've said that at a workshop
in the 13 years I've worked for the board..."
[teachers] are telling us that it was by far one of the most useful
and informative workshops they have ever attended....the presentation
has dramatically changed the way they think about all the students in
their classes....what impressed us most was Duncan's approach....by
focusing on the positive aspects....The emphasis on the symptoms and
how to deal with them rather than diagnosis is very much a part of our
best speaker I've ever seen."
was truly inspired by your presentation....You spoke to my soul, as
I truly believe anyone with "Disinhibition" symptoms are working
so hard and no one truly realizes this."
like the idea of looking for detours to get us out of trouble and help
us overcome the potholes life sometimes throws in our path. The trick
is to be aware of the hazards before we fall in...".
really gave me a lot to think about both as a teacher and as a parent....As
a Special Ed teacher it is important to remember that there are success
stories like yours!"
presentation has validated for me that teachers' efforts to support
students are very worthwhile....I wish I had heard your presentation
laughed and got tears in my eyes all at the same time...."
your workshop I sat down with my student and negotiated on appropriate
things she can do....So far (after a little over a week) things are
lots better. Thanks again for that great workshop.... It has helped
in all of our lives."
feeling so guilty - I've been treating that little girl so badly for
years! I now understand why she has been handing in such bad writing
and now I know what to do about it!"
that I am aware of how these children function, I will definitely change
some of my ways with them. I will be a lot more understanding and tolerant.
(Try and put myself in their shoes!)"
nothing more this presentation reversed previous frustrated emotions
and shifted those emotions to ones of compassion....Excellent day!"
was the best session I have attended in 20 years. Bravo!"
stories really were very meaningful and pertinent. Made me see things
in a new way. Thank-you!"