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Kids with Tourette’s Syndrome are sometimes made fun of or treated badly because of their tics. Although they feel sad for being teased, the kids have a positive attitude through it all. In this video, you will hear some kids with TS explain what it is like to be a normal kid treated like they are weird, and how they stay happy.

TALKING POINTS:

  • Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) is a problem in the brain that some people are born with.
  • Tourette’s causes people to have tics like blinking, coughing, and twitching.
  • People with TS can’t control when they have their tics, and they feel uncomfortable when they try to stop them or hold them in.
  • Tourette’s is not contagious, which means you won’t get it by shaking someone’s hand or giving them a high five.
  • There is no cure for it, but there are some types of medicine that help control it.
  • Kids with Tourette’s are normal kids, they just have different struggles.

Talk About It:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Watch this video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  4. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?  
  5. What do you think when you hear about Tourette’s Syndrome?
  6. Why do you think some people are mean to others who have TS?
  7. Why do you think the boy in the video wanted to talk to his class about his tics?
  8. How could you help a kid who has Tourette’s Syndrome?
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
  10. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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