EDUCATION and EDUCATION STRATEGIES
The TSA Education program provides accurate, current information in many areas. Our materials
are designed to help students, parents, families, educators, clinicians, and others understand,
address, and manage symptoms of Tourette Syndrome in the school and other settings. By offering
essential TS information, we want to promote optimal teaching and learning, end stigma, and
promote acceptance regarding TS in school settings.
We also refer you to the Education Advocacy section of our site, designed to provide the tools needed by families and advocates when pursuing the best program options and services for our children.
In our ASK TSA about Education and Education Strategies section (link below), we invite your questions to our staff. We will answer all questions, and post questions and answers of general interest on this site; be assured that we will not include any personal or identifying information in our web postings.
click here to Ask TSA a question about Education or Education Strategies
and to view some previous questions and answers
- TSA EDUCATION AUDIO PRESENTATIONS (audio with slideshow) - topics include Speech Pathology, Discipline,
IEPs, Advocacy and more -
- "ASK THE EXPERT" - read columns from "Inside TSA", TSA's quarterly newsletter, many on Education topics. Authors include Helene Walisever, PhD (Clinical Psychologist and Education Advocate/TSA Education Committee), Kathy Giordano, B.S. Ed. (national TSA Education Specialist), Ellen Meyers, M.S., M.Ed.(national TSA Education Committee), and Pamela Malley, MA, CCC-SP (Speech Language Pathologist). Click here.
- IEP ESSENTIALS FOR PARENTS - New publication for sale in our online store - look for #E-128 (and #E-128 downloadable).
- U. S. Department of Education issues "Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document" - click here to read Summary
Statement with link to full document; click here to read Fall 2012 "Inside TSA" newsletter article.
- TSA National Conference 2012 Presentations - Slide Shows and Handouts now available on this site - Education
Resources, Bullying, much more - view all.
- TSA offers FREE DVDs - 2-DVD Set "Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom, School & Community"
Limited Supply -
click here to find out more and link to online order form.
Click here to view online version (all contents are the same as on the DVD).
- NEW Bullying Prevention & Strategies resource page on this site - click here
- ASK THE EXPERT - Zero Tolerance in Schools - article from TSA's Fall 2010 Newsletter, Inside TSA
- TSA EDUCATION IN-SERVICE - Click here for DVD instructions OR click here for online presentation.
- Ask the Expert - Positive steps to take when children with TS are being bullied or teased- click here to read an interview
Peaceable Schools Coordinator Megan Toy from
TSA's Summer 2007 Newsletter
- The IDEA: A Users Manual - a 4 page special article from our Winter 2006 Newsletter. Click here to
(Adobe Acrobat™ format)
- "Ask the Expert" - Articles from TSA's Quarterly Newsletters on a variety of topics of interest - click here
Some Important Education Considerations:
- Many students can work effectively when tics are explained to teachers and peers. Where additional help may be needed we
useful articles and materials offering suggestions and classroom modifications.
- TSA offers information about current legislation affecting the TS community
- "ASK TSA": Every day TSA receives urgent questions from parents and teachers asking for help
with specific classroom
situations. In the ASK TSA section we present TSA's answers to real
questions sent to us.
FREE MATERIALS on Education and Education Strategies, of interest
IMPORTANT EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS/VIDEOS - available for a nominal
charge in our
- WORKBOOK FOR CONDUCTING A FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT & WRITING A POSITIVE BEHAVIOR
FOR A STUDENT WITH TOURETTE SYNDROME - S. Conners, K. Giordano. Practical guide
valuable resource to
complex behavioral issues.
Includes Overview of Functional Behavioral
Positive Behavior Interventions
- I HAVE TOURETTE'S, BUT TOURETTE'S DOESN'T HAVE ME (Video) - In every school in America, it's likely that
t least one
may have Tourette Syndrome. The children are often stigmatized and almost always misunderstood.
originally aired 11/12/05 dispels the myths of TS through the experiences
of young people.
features include resources for educators, families, children interested in learning more
information from experts John Walkup, M.D., Susan Conners,
- TEACHERS WHO "GET IT" - C. B. Korman. Families and teachers know how difficult things become when TS is misunderstood
and mis-handled in the school setting. Here is a paper that focuses on the opposite . . . the most
. . . the benefits to the child, teacher, school and family when a dedicated
teacher really"gets it"
Syndrome. Read how several excellent, committed teachers recognized
TS in their
classrooms, and responded
with attuned, creative approaches. The results? Positive"win-wins" for everybody!
Our thanks to
teachers who 'get it'.
- EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY MANUAL - K. Giordano, TSA Education Specialist, has developed the TSA Educational
Advocacy Manual to help parents & families more effectively advocate for students with Tourette Syndrome in
school. Topics include: What Is Advocacy? When Is Advocacy Necessary?
- CATALOG OF ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH TS, ADHD, OCD - S. Conners, M.Ed. Written in response
requests from dedicated teachers, suggests effective accommodations designed to promote
- SPECIFIC CLASSROOM STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES FOR STUDENTS WITH TS - S. Conners, M.Ed. Offers
helpful suggestions and accommodations that can be brought right into the classroom. Includes techniques for
fine motor, visual motor impairment, ocd symptoms, short fuse difficulties, adhd symptoms.
Additionally, we suggest the following items from our online store:
- IEP Essentials for Parents - Explains the basics of the IEP including what it is, the steps to obtain one, the formal meeting process, eligibility, and developing an IEP. Order a version to be mailed to you (E-128), or download to your computer and print (E-128DD).
- Educating Classmates About TS (A Peer In-service) Children and parents can use this guide to decide when and how to discuss TS with classmates. Order a version to be mailed to you (E-122), or download to your computer and print (E-122DD).
- Learning Problems and the Student with TS Explores the symptoms and conditions associated with TS that affect
learning. Topics covered include difficulties in acquiring the basic skills of reading, writing, spelling and math.
Classroom modifications pertaining to auditory processing deficits, fine motor, visual-motor impairment and executive function are discussed. Order a version to be mailed to you (E-116), or download to your computer and print (E-116DD).
- To view all of TSA's Publications and Videos for Sale, Please Visit our Online Store.