Anyone affected with Tourette Syndrome?
Is living with TS a challenge for anyone when it comes to learning? I know it's rather rare but Tourette Syndrome can be a challenge in social and academic environments.
I have a college freshman that has TS. TS has never hindered his academic ability. In fact, he was a Commended Scholar missing NMF by a few points. During his last two years in HS, he did take some of his tests and exams in a different room because his vocal tics were a distraction to other classmates. Fortunately, my son is comfortable with his TS diagnosis and understands that his tics may cause others concern. He mentored and tutored a struggling 7th grade student with TS for a year. The young man's parents and teachers invited my son to speak to the students in this young man's classes. (The HS excused my son from class and NHS gave him community service credit.) My son told the JH students he would appreciate it if they all looked out for the young man (with TS), not because he had TS, but because he was his friend. The young man cried and gave my son a hug in front his classmates. That day still holds wonderful memories for my son. The young man gained confidence in his abilities as a student and learned his TS does not limit him in any way.
My son is registered with his University's Office of Disability Services even though he has not had a need for any accommodations. College Board approved testing accommodations with medical documentation, allowing him to test in a separate room with one proctor. He scored a 34.
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