Halstrom Blog Post

Benefits of 1:1 Education for Students with Tourette's

Navigating the Tricky Transition to Middle School

If your child has recently been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome (TS), you might be feeling overwhelmed. You're likely still learning about your child's symptoms and possible steps you might take to minimize stress and triggers for your child.

First, know that you're not alone. TS is actually more common than most people think, especially in children.

Since many people with TS have yet to be diagnosed, there are no absolute figures, but the official estimate by the National Institutes of Health is that 100,000 Americans have full-blown TS (ERIC Digest).

Second, understand that we're here to help. Our instructors are familiar both with common TS symptoms and how best to address them within the learning environment*. Because school is often a stressful experience for TS students (with a plethora of triggers, some of which your child might not even recognize yet), the type of 1:1 instruction provided here at Halstrom Academy can go a long way toward keeping your child on track throughout this period of adjustment.

Third, while this period of adjustment will not be easy, the good news is that you can likely anticipate the battles your child will face and make a plan to help.

According to a recent study, many students with TS report similar struggles in the classroom.

The three difficulties most frequently reported by the young people were problems concentrating in class, unhelpful responses by school staff to tics and difficulties with other students such as name-calling and mimicking tics (NCBI).

Of course, none of these problems are an issue at Halstrom, where compassionate instructors provide a safe, effective learning environment free from stress and bullying. We provide an atmosphere that allows each student to flourish emotionally, socially and academically.

As you, your child, your child's doctor(s), and your child's classroom teacher(s) work to get on the same page regarding how best to help, we here at Halstrom Academy can focus exclusively on educational aims so that you can focus on everything else.

If you have further questions about our 1:1 instruction methods and how they can best serve children with TS, please feel free to contact us at any time.

*Mild to moderate cases of TS