Tourette's Syndrome

Stress anxiety

  • Raise staff awareness of the condition

  • Use of time-out card if necessary

  • Allow extra time to finish work

  • Acknowledge the effort the CYP has made – offer positive and constructive praise and feedback

Nervousness fear

  • Ensure that CYP peer group is made aware in consultation with the CYP – dispelling any myths and prejudices and encourage empathy

  • Allocate a suitable buddy who can support the CYP

  • Have a predictable timetable and routines and prepare in advance for any changes

Slower processing

  • Ensure extra processing time is given as CYP may not understand new ideas as quickly as others in the class

  • Encourage CYP to think and plan before engaging in a task

  • Ensure any homework is written and explained in planner / homework diary etc

  • Consider providing PowerPoints or notes before or after the lesson so that the CYP can revisit

Organisation / concentration

  • Seat CYP at the front or side of class so CYP can hear more clearly and see the board more easily

  • Encourage mind mapping

  • Offer work in a compact, visual manner


  • Teach relaxation strategies - grounding techniques can be helpful

  • If you notice any tics becoming worse, remind CYP how to ground

  • Encourage slow speech

  • Allow frustrations to be vented in a safe and appropriate way