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New Educator Resource Helps Children
with Neurological Disorders

TORONTO, October 25 - Teachers challenged by students with "bad behaviour" receive a helping hand with a new teaching tool from the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. The innovative resource, Circle of Support visually illustrates Tourette Syndrome (TS) and offers practical strategies for classroom management.

The Ontario government alone cites a dramatic jump in the province of the numbers of children identified as having acute and severe special needs, standing at 54,000 from 27,000 in 2002. The Tourette Syndrome Foundation believes many more students go undiagnosed.

Circle of Support consists of a DVD or VHS, an interactive Workbook, and the print publication, Understanding Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Educators. Together the unique and comprehensive resource benefits students dealing with TS but also Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Learning Disabilities/Difficulties (LD) and others. It's available in both official languages.

Rosie Wartecker, Executive Director of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, says the video creates a positive atmosphere and bolsters self-esteem of the students by fostering compassion and understanding of their unique needs.

"Individuals who have TS deserve the opportunity to learn through appropriate accommodations and modifications to help them optimize their success," Wartecker says.

TS is a neurological or "neuro-chemical" disorder characterized by tics - involuntary, rapid sudden movements or vocalizations. It is estimated that TS affects one per cent of the total population to some degree.

The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada is a national, federally registered voluntary organization established in 1976 to assist individuals affected by TS and its associated disorders. This teacher's resource brings us closer to our vision of ensuring that people living with TS lead quality lives as accepted and valued members of an informed and tolerant society.

For more information contact:
Rosie Wartecker
Executive Director
Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

Or visit www.tourette.ca

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