Tourette Syndrome and Education
Although students with Tourette syndrome often function well in the regular classroom, ADHD, learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and frequent tics can greatly interfere with academic performance or social adjustment. After a comprehensive assessment, students with Tourette syndrome should be placed in an educational setting that meets their individual needs. Students may require tutoring, smaller or special classes, and, in some cases, special schools.
All students with Tourette syndrome need a tolerant and compassionate setting that both encourages them to work to their full potential and is flexible enough to accommodate their special needs. This setting may include a private study area, exams outside the regular classroom, or even oral exams when the child's Tourette syndrome symptoms interfere with his or her ability to write. Untimed testing reduces stress for students with Tourette syndrome.