Topic Champions – Tourette’s Syndrome

 

TS currently affects over 300,000 people in the UK (www.tourettes-action.org.uk).

 

TS is a condition of the nervous system. TS causes people to have “tics”. Tics are sudden twitches, movements, or sounds that people do repeatedly. People who have tics cannot stop their body from doing these things. For example, a person might keep blinking over and over again.

 

ADHD frequently co-occurs in children with Tourette Syndrome. Less than 10 percent of those with ADHD have Tourette’s, but 60 to 80 percent of children with Tourette Syndrome have ADHD. The ADHD diagnosis usually precedes the onset of the motor or vocal tics of Tourette’s, although sometimes the two occur together. Consequently, children with TS may struggle with behaviour and maintaining attention in the classroom.

 

As part of my continued professional development, I have conducted research on how to aid young people with TS in school. I have created a resource with strategies for helping these young people in the classroom.

 

Along with Lisa Kenny (our SENDCo), I am available to talk to any pupils about concerns they may have, particularly if they are presenting with TS traits.