Tourette Syndrome

By: Monesha Norris

What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette Syndrome is a nervous system disorder that starts in childhood. It involves unusual repetitive movements or unwanted sounds that can't be controlled.

Example: repeatedly blinking your eyes, shrugging your shoulders or jerking your head. In some cases, you might unintentionally blurt out offensive words.

Who is affected?

Males are four more times likely to develop tourettes. The syndrome is usually shown in in ages of 2 and 12, with the average being about the age of 7.

Cause and Effects

  • Genetics- tourettes can be a inherited disorder and the genes involved is still unknown.
  • can affect brain in later years. and body


after verifying that the patient has had both motor and vocal tics for at least 1 year. The existence of other neurological or psychiatric conditions can also help doctors arrive at a diagnosis. Common tics are not often misdiagnosed by knowledgeable clinicians

Educational Setting

  • Although students with TS often function well in the regular classroom, ADHD, learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and frequent tics can greatly interfere with academic performance or social adjustment.
  • After a comprehensive assessment, students should be placed in an educational setting that meets their individual needs. Students may require tutoring, smaller or special classes, and in some cases special schools

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