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What Other Kids Think, Once They Hear About Your Difference!


HERE'S A GIRL WHO THOUGHT THAT THE BOY IN HER CLASS WAS "MAKING UP" TOURETTE UNTIL I TALKED TO THE CLASS!!


Dear Duncan

Thanks for telling us about Tourette's.  At first when [the boy with TS] was trying to tell us he had Tourette's we didn't belive him.  But when you came I couldn't belive that people can really have Tourette's.

Now I know that [he] can't help doing his ticks.  Because now I know that his brain controlles him. Thanks for telling us about what it fells like having Tourette's and giving us examples.

HERE'S A BOY WHO THOUGHT THAT THE BOY IN HIS CLASS WAS DOING IT ON PURPOSE UNTIL I TALKED TO THE CLASS!!

Dear Duncan

It was fun gessing how Tourette would feel!  I learned how I should respond to [the boy with TS].  I never knew that he could not help it. Thanks!!

HERE'S A BOY WHO WANTS TO BE NICER TO THE BOY WITH TS NOW THAT I TALKED TO THE CLASS!!


Dear Duncan.

Thanks for coming and telling us about tourettes and showing us some ticks.  Now we can be nicer to [the boy with TS].

 

HERE'S AN ENTIRE CLASS THAT WROTE A LETTER TO A BOY WITH TS ONCE I CAME IN AND TOLD THEM ALL ABOUT WHY HE DID THE THINGS HE DID!!

to [the boy with TS]

-it probably was hard for you to tell us. -Sorry for being not nice to you. We thought you were just trying to bug us. especially from the girls We'll try to treat you nicer. -thanks for helping us with spelling -sorry for not playing with you sometimes and for the way our friends treat you sometimes -sorry we didn't believe you before when you tried to tell us about Tourette's. -thanks for being a friend -thanks for letting us know.

from: The class.

 

HERE'S A MOTHER THAT DID A PRESENTATION FOR HER DAUGHTER'S CLASSROOM. THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT MIGHT BE EMBARASSING, DOESN'T IT? BUT LOOK WHAT HAPPENED...!!

Last week, I went into S's Grade 4 class and I did a presentation to her class. I discussed her tics, explained their origin, and answered any questions the kids had. S. did a short speech to tell the kids to 'leave the teasing behind'. I had gone into your Youth haven section and used the info Jake and Chandra provided. It was age appropriate for the kids I spoke to and they related very well to this.

S.'s teacher is absolutely amazing! She will tolerate NO teasing or berating. The day before my presentation, a boy in S's class had imitated her 'throat clearing'. S. handled it very well, but Mrs B. took over after S. was done her explanation. She explained a little to him and had him think of any questions he needed to know, to ask me the next day. (Boy, did he have great questions!).

Mrs. B. went one step further....the morning of my presentation, she had the kids pass a paper heart around the class. As each child got the heart, he/she would say a 'cut-down', crumple the heart and then pass it to the next child to
do the same. She then showed the class the crumpled heart and said that's how a person felt when something mean was said or done to him/her. She passed the heart around again and had each child apologize for their cut-down, then open the heart up and pass it to the next child to apologize. At the end of it all, the heart was still very crumpled and wrinkled. She explained that although the apology was given...the heart was never the same!

She also had each child do homework that night...they were to write a speech about what they had learned about S's [TS] and present it to their parents. They explained their knowledge of Transient Tic Syndrome (TTS), Tourette's and other related Tic Syndrome's! The information ball was sent rolling. I even had a close friend come up to me and talk to me about S's tics. She said her daughter had presented a speech to herself and her husband. She had had no idea what S. and our family were going through or what the causes etc were...but she does now! She said I had got through to a few of the other kids in the class too.

It's tough for any kid or adult to have to constantly explain their
behaviour/tics. I explained this to the class and asked if they could help S. by stepping up to the plate for her and acting as her voice. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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