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Presentations about TS for schools

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is an often misunderstood condition and explaining it properly is important, especially in schools, so that pupils with TS get the best support.

Tourettes Action has put together presentations that can be delivered in schools to staff and pupils to explain the condition.

Why explain TS to your students?

Your students will probably already have noticed that an individual with TS makes unusual noises and movements. Educating students about the condition helps them to understand why the person does this; diffuses myths about the condition, like that all people with TS swear; and, can help prevent a child with TS being bullied.

Why train your staff?

Training staff who will be working with a child with TS is essential to ensure that the pupil can learn to the best of their ability. However, there are significant benefits to providing information about the condition to everybody with whom the child may come into contact with, to ensure you have a complete approach to supporting that individual.

For example, a child’s teacher may provide excellent support, but the child often gets in trouble at lunchtime because a supply teacher doesn’t realise their behaviour is due to TS.

How to give a presentation

You should agree with the child who has TS and their parents that they are happy for you to deliver the presentation. Teachers can give the presentation themselves, or the child with TS and/or their parents may wish to deliver it. Or you could all do it together. It may be, however, that the child does not want to be present at all when the presentation is given and that is fine.

You can use practical exercises to help children understand what it is like to have TS. One example, which shows have people with TS can have trouble with writing, is to ask children to copy out a passage from a book. Whenever you clap or blow a whistle they have to tic. This could be shutting their eyes for three seconds or lifting their arms in the air. Exercises like this help pupils feel what it's like to tic.

You can download one of our presentations and if you would like some TA leaflets to hand out during your presentation please email our Helpdesk for copies.

Download our presentations about TS

Our presentations are designed to be given either to children in primary and secondary school or to adults. You can download a presentation now:

 
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