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Can I tell you about Tourette Syndrome?


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Acknowledgements. Foreword by Julie Collier, Groups Manager, Tourettes Action. Introduction. 1. Introducing Max who has Tourette syndrome (TS). 2. Tics and Tourette's. 3. Playing with other children. 4. TS at home. 5. TS at school. 6. My fidget toy. 7. Finding out I have TS. 8. Our self-help group. 9. What makes me Tic? Triggers and treatments. 10. Dogs and other things. 11. Living with Tourette's; Do's and don'ts. 12. Facts about TS. 13. How teachers can help. 14. How schools can help. 15. Further information for parents and professionals. Recommended reading, organisations and websites.

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A short introduction to Tourette Syndrome, including what it feels like to have and live with

About the Author

Professor Mal Leicester is the Emeritus Professor of Adult Learning and Teaching in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. She was previously Senior Lecturer in Continuing Education at the University of Warwick. She has been a secondary school teacher and has worked as Avon's Advisor for Multicultural Education. Mal has personal experience of Tourette syndrome in her family. She has written a variety of educational books and papers including Special Stories for Disability Awareness also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Apsley is a former teacher, who has illustrated children's books and motoring magazines, and most things in between.


As an adult who knows comparatively little about Tourette syndrome and has never taught a child with a diagnosis of TS, I found this book extremely useful and informative. I have no hesitation in recommending it. A copy should be in every staffroom library and another in every primary school library for children to read. -- Jill Bennett * Red Reading Hub blog *

This book fills a huge gap in the market as many parents and teachers tell us that there is nothing to help them talk to younger children about their Tourette Syndrome. TS is a complex, difficult to understand condition which can baffle teachers and families and indeed those who actually have TS.

I was particularly taken by the sentence where Max says that his parents and teachers 'were on the same page'. This is the absolute key to making school successful and of course the 'page' that they were on was making school not only an excellent experience but one in which Max can reach his full potential without being defined by TS. We will certainly be adding it to our reading list.

-- Suzanne Dobson, Chief Executive, Tourettes Action
This book is a perfect introduction to Tourette syndrome for parents and children. It presents all the facts accurately but in an easy-to-read and engaging style. It would be invaluable as a resource for teachers and other children at primary schools who have a child with Tourette syndrome in their class. I will definitely recommend this book to teachers. -- Jane Fowlie, Research and Liaison Nurse for Tourette syndrome Projects, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
Can I tell you about Tourette Syndrome? is an engaging and practical read for children with Tourette syndrome, their families, friends, teachers and health professionals. The book will help develop a better awareness of the journey that many children with Tourette syndrome experience and an understanding of how those that care for them can support this process. -- Dr Tara Murphy, Consultant Clinical and Paediatric Neuropsychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
By adopting a child's perspective, the author helps children, parents and teachers to understand what it means to live with Tourette syndrome. -- Professor Andrea E. Cavanna MD PhD, Consultant in Behavioural Neurology, BSMHFT, Birmingham
I would like to see a copy of this book in the library of every school in the UK. It will help teachers to gain a greater understanding, and Max's story would be ideal for peer group awareness in schools. -- From the foreword by Julie Collier, Groups Manager, Tourettes Action

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