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Old 03-07-2011, 08:55 AM
 
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BTW, one of the finalist on American Idol has tourettes, it may help show his friends what tourettes is without being on display.
I was just going to mention that!

This is the first time in years we've watched AI. Maybe the guy's story will help educate people regarding Tourettes.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:05 AM
 
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There's a movie called "Front of the Class" about a teacher who has tourettes. It's based on the true life story of Brad Cohen.

Even though it's a Hallmark movie, it was an excellent story. It covers his childhood all the way through struggles finding a teaching job after college.

I highly recommend this movie.

He advocates educating children about differences. He says that once children understand differences they are more accepting of one another.

The book the movie is based on is titled "Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had."
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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I think that he should be able to tell them about his disorder, since they are basically more curious than anything else. You might want to educate the class yourself or ask the teachers or counselors to talk to them about this particular disability.

For your son, he might benefit from seeing this film or reading the book:
Front of the Class - Brad Cohen - Class Performance

Front of the Class, the book
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As a child with Tourette syndrome, Brad Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Children, teachers, and even family members found it difficult to be around him. As a teen, he was viewed by many as purposefully misbehaving, even though he had little power over the twitches and noises he produced, especially under stress. Even today, Brad is sometimes ejected from movie theaters and restaurants.

But Brad Cohen's story is not one of self-pity. His unwavering determination and fiercely positive attitude conquered the difficulties he faced in school, in college, and while job hunting ...
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: S. Florida
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Thank you ALL for such wonderful advise!!! Yes, I agree he should be honest. I do not believe the kids are out to tease him. I honestly believe they are just curious.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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You could show them a snippet from the movie I Have Tourette's But Tourettes Doesn't Have Me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPmpIY7XJVE
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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There's a movie called "Front of the Class" about a teacher who has tourettes. It's based on the true life story of Brad Cohen.

Even though it's a Hallmark movie, it was an excellent story. It covers his childhood all the way through struggles finding a teaching job after college.

I highly recommend this movie.

He advocates educating children about differences. He says that once children understand differences they are more accepting of one another.

The book the movie is based on is titled "Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had."
Hopes, I really loved this movie, too. And Mom (OP), I am glad you posted this here. I have a dd with autism and I want her 'in' the world, not separated from it, as much as possible. We have cultural diversity, racial diversity, and now neurodiversity. I'm all for it!
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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I think he should tell them because for one it's nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide, they'll notice something's up anyhow and he won't have to fear trying to hide it any longer.
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