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WE HAVE A TEN YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WITH TOURETTS, MOTOR ONLY NOT VOCAL. TEACHERS IN SCHOOL KNOWS AND ARE CONCERNED AS WE ARE THAT SHE IS NOT LEARNING AT THE LEVEL SHE SHOULD BE, HER BEHAVIOR IS WELL. BUT WE GO CRAZY WHEN TRYING TO TEACH. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT COMES WITH TOURETTES THAT WE JUST HAVE TO LIVE WITH OR CAN SOMETHING HELP. SOMEDAYS WE THINK SHE GETS IT AND THE NEXT DAY SHE DON'T KNOW IT AGAIN. SUCH AS COUNTING MONEY, MATH IN GENERAL, READS WELL, BUT DOES NOT ALWAYS COMPREHENED. SHE DOESN'T MIND KIDS ASKING WHY SHE BRUSHES HER FOREHEAD AND IS EVERY OUT GOING. IF THERES SOMEONE WITH THE SAME THAT COULD HELP PLEASE REPLY.  ***this post is edited by moderator *** *** private e-mails not allowed*** Please read our Terms of Use

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Tourette’s syndrome does not affect your daughter intelligence. In that way, she is no different than any other child in her class. Even though this might not be apparent on the outside, being different than the rest of the class might lead to psychological problems that can cause learning problems.

For start, you need to take this tremendous pressure off her and off yourself: you say you “go crazy” when you are trying to teach her – don’t you think that affects the outcome? How do you handle yourself in the situation when you have to do something and somebody close to you is rushing you or worse? This is the first and most important step: your daughter has the intelligence, she can learn, you need to let the teachers and counselor do their job. Sure you too need to be involved, but you first need to teach yourself how to deal with the results your daughter is getting.

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