Volume 26, Issue 1 (1997)
Gilles de la Tourette's Syndrome in Childhood: A Guide for School Professionals
Abbe L. Walter, Alice S. Carter
Abstract: Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome (GTS) is considered a neuropsychiatric condition that is characterized by multiple motor and vocal tics that fluctuate in expression and severity with the passage of time. A variety of neurocognitive, social and emotional difficulties are present in some cases. GTS and associated symptoms can interfere with school functioning, both academically and socially. The syndrome also can place children at risk for the development of secondary psychological difficulties such as depression. This article describes the core features of GTS and highlights how symptoms of GTS and their commonly associated features may interfere with school functioning. Recommendations for assessment and intervention in school settings are offered. The school psychologist can play a critical role in the academic, social, and overall adaptive functioning of a student affected with GTS.
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