Educators in Croton held a workshop on Tourette’s syndrome:
Carrie E. Tompkins (CET) Elementary School recently welcomed members of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) to speak with the school’s special and occupational education teachers about students with Tourette syndrome (TS) and implementing special teaching strategies to ensure the most comfortable and productive learning environment for students living with the condition. Dr. Helen Walisever and parent Wendy Gottlieb of the TSA conducted an informative 90-minute workshop with CET educators, arranged by CET school psychologist Jessica Klein to best prepare them to meet the needs of a current CET student diagnosed with Tourette and to accommodate any future enrollees with TS.
Ms. Gottlieb, a Briarcliff Manor resident whose daughter Julia lives with Tourette syndrome, provided valuable parental insight on the condition. In fact, Julia serves as a local youth ambassador teaching other children, parents and educators about TS.
Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence and is defined by multiple motor and vocal tics lasting for more than one year. The first symptoms usually are involuntary and frequent movements (tics) of the face, arms, limbs or trunk. The most common first symptom is a facial tic (eye blink, nose twitch, grimace), which is replaced or added to by other tics of the neck, trunk, and limbs. For more information, go to www.tsa-usa.org.