The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers
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Up-to-date, reliable information about Tourette Syndrome and related disorders for teachers and parents

Children with TS are often teased and punished for the unusual yet uncontrollable symptoms of their disorder. Academic failure is common. The Tourette Syndrome/OCD Checklist helps parents and teachers to better understand children and youth with TS and/or OCD and provide the support and interventions these children need. Presented in a simple, concise, easy-to-read checklist format, the book is packed with the latest research, practical advice, and information on a wide range of topics.

  • Provides a wealth of information on Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and related conditions
  • Includes strategies for discipline and behavior management, advice on supporting and motivating kids with TS and OCD, homework tips, and more
  • Shows how to educate peer students about TS and OCD

Loaded with practical information, strategies, and resources, this book helps parents and teachers to better understand Tourette Syndrome and OCD and shows how every individual can reach their potential in school and in life.


Susan Conners, MEd, is founder and president of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State. For twelve years she served on the board of directors of the national Tourette Syndrome Association and established TSA's Education Committee, which she ran for sixteen years.


About This Book.

About the Author.




Section 1: Basic Information About TS, OCD, and Associated Disorders.

1.1. What Is Tourette Syndrome (TS)?

1.2. Manifestations of Motor Tics.

1.3. Manifestations of Vocal Tics.

1.4. Waxing and Waning of Symptoms.

1.5. Suppression of Symptoms.

1.6. Other Related Tic Disorders.

1.7. Medical Treatment of TS.

1.8. Associated Disorders.

1.9. What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

1.10. Dysgraphia.

1.11. Executive Dysfunction.

1.12. Depression.

1.13. Sleep Disorders.

1.14. Sensory Processing.

1.15. Learning Disabilities.

1.16. Auditory Processing Difficulties.

1.17. Social Skills Deficits.

1.18. Behavioral Issues.

1.19. What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

1.20. Manifestations of OCD.

1.21. Medical Treatments for OCD.

1.22. Behavioral Interventions for OCD.

Section 2: Understanding the Impact of TS and OCD.

2.1. Why It Can Be Difficult to Recognize TS and OCD.

2.2. The Impact of TS and OCD on the Family.

2.3. The Impact of TS on School Performance.

2.4. The Impact of OCD on School Performance.

2.5. Tips for Accentuating the Positive.

2.6. Tips for Ensuring Success at School.

Section 3: Checklists for Parents.

3.1. What Parents Can Do at Home and at School to Support Children with TS and OCD.

3.2. Preventing Meltdowns and Other Behaviors Through Positive Behavioral Management and Supports.

3.3. Accommodations, Tips, and Environmental Changes.

3.4. Managing Homework.

3.5. Suggestions for School Breaks, Rainy Weekends, and Summer Vacation.

3.6. School Issues.

3.7. Synopsis of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

3.8. Tips for Being an Effective Advocate.

3.9. Sample Letter for Requesting an IEP

Section 4: Checklist for Teachers.

4.1. Top Ten Things Teachers Need to Know About Tourette Syndrome.

4.2. Tips for Working with Students with TS and OCD in the Classroom.

4.3. Tips for Training Staff on Working with Students with TS and OCD.

4.4. Tips for Educating Peers About TS and OCD.

4.5. A Peer in-Service Model.

4.6. Strategies for Dealing with Motor and Vocal Tics in the Classroom.

4.7. Accommodating Motor Tics.

4.8. Dealing with Vocal Tics.

4.9. Accommodating Vocal Tics.

4.10. Attitude Is Everything.

4.11. Classroom Observation Form.

4.12. Tips for Addressing Challenging Behaviors.

4.13. Functional Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavior Intervention Plan for Students with TS, OCD, and ADHD.

4.14. Accommodations for Associated Disorders.

Section 5: Other Helpful Checklists for Parents and Teachers.

5.1. Educational Rights of Students with TS and OCD.

5.2. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

5.3. What Is a 504 Accommodation Plan?

5.4. Requesting Services.

5.5. Sample Physician's Letter.

5.6. How to Proceed If You Disagree with the School's Evaluation.

5.7. Being a Role Model for Children with TS and OCD—and for Their Peers.

5.8. Relaxation Techniques.

5.9. School Placement.

5.10. Sources of Help and Support.

5.11. Recommended Organizations, Web Sites, Books, Videos, Articles, and Brochures.

Appendix: Real-Life Scenarios.

Motor and Vocal Tics.

Tap, Tap, Tap.

“I Have a Chicken in My Pants”.

PB and J.

The Dreaded Cursing.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.

Where Should Jeannie Sit?

No Applause Necessary.

Self-Abusive Tics.

OCD and Anxiety.

The Clipboard Chronicle.

Dairy Dilemma.

Locker Phobia.

Toeing the Line.

Why Theresa Feels Trapped.

Can You Hear Me Now?

What If I Choke?

“But You Promised Chicken”.

Kids Don't Tell.

To the Point.

Thank God for Purell.

Scantron Saga.


When Writing Hurts.

Photo Op.

To See or Not to See.

Behavior Plans.

Hash Browns, French Fries, or Tater Tots: Any Kind of Potatoes Will Do.

The X Box Does It.


I Like Ben Better.

Executive Dysfunction.

A Shoe Will Do.

Circling the Wagons.