FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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:
Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada
Or visit www.tourette.ca
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