What Should I Say Next?
An Internet WebQuest on TOURETTES SYNDROME

created by Ariana Puig
Charles W. Flanagan High School

Introduction | The Task | The Process & Resources | Conclusion | HyperText Dictionary


Do you know how it feels to have Tourette Syndrome in school today? More and more kids are being diagnose with Tourette Syndrome and teachers and students in the classroom don't know how to deal with it. It affects the parents as well as the teacher in this case. Tourette Syndrome also known as TS is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated and involuntary body movements (tics) and uncontrollable vocal sounds. In my web quest, I will show you how to deal with Tourette in a Teacher, parents as well as a students point of view.

The Quest


The Process and Resources

In this WebQuest you will be working together with a group of students in class. Each group will answer the Task or Quest(ion). As a member of the group you will explore Webpages from people all over the world who care about TOURETTE SYNDROME. Because these are real Webpages we're tapping into, not things made just for schools, the reading level might challenge you. Feel free to use the online Webster dictionary or one in your classroom.

You'll begin with everyone in your group getting some background before dividing into roles where people on your team become experts on one part of the topic.

Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone

1. What is Tourette Syndrome?
2. What causes Tics?
3. What are the symptoms of Tics?
4. How is Tics inherited?
5. How can people control tics?
6. What are some fast facts on Tourette Syndrome?
7. How are Tic's classified?
8. How can tics be treated?

Phase 2 - Looking Deeper from Different Perspectives


1. Individuals or pairs from your larger WebQuest team will explore one of the roles below.

2. Read through the files linked to your group. If you print out the files, underline the passages that you feel are the most important. If you look at the files on the computer, copy sections you feel are important by dragging the mouse across the passage and copying / pasting it into a word processor or other writing software.

3. Note: Remember to write down or copy/paste the URL of the file you take the passage from so you can quickly go back to it if you need to to prove your point.

4. Be prepared to focus what you've learned into one main opinion that answers the Big Quest(ion) or Task based on what you have learned from the links for your role.


Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to HOW IT EFFECTS THE STUDENT:
1. What do I do with bullies?
2. Where can i go to learn more about Tourette Syndrome?
3. Do kids only have Tourette Syndrome?


Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to HOW IT EFFECTS THE PARENTS:

1. How can you suspect that your child has Tourette Syndrome?
2. How would you react when you find out that your child had Tourette Syndrome?
3. In what ways would you think it would effect your life or someone that you know lives?
4. How would you treat (medication) your child?
5. How would you cope with your child if they had Tourette Syndrome?
6. Do you think it would afects your childs self-esteem?
7. What would be some advice that you would give a parent whos child had Tourette Syndrome?
8. What would you say had been the hardest thing rasing a child with Tourette syndrome or someone close to you?


Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to HOW IT EFFECTS THE CLASSROOM:
1. What is the best type of tests you can give with a child that has Tourette Syndrome?
2. How would you deal with discipline?
3. How would group work be effected?
4. How do other students in the classroom deal with it?


Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to HOW IT EFFECTS THE TEACHER:

1. What is Tourette Syndrome?
2. What would you think would be ther proper learning enviroment?
3. What are some tips for dealing with Tourette Syndrome?
4. What are some accomodations for Language Problems?
5.What would be good TSA educational materials?
6. Give a brief description on Tourette Syndrome?
7. How can I tell if a student had Tics?

  • Teaching Children with tourette syndrome. - While school children with TS as a group have the same IQ range as the general population, many may have some kind of learning problem. That condition, combined with attention deficits and the problems of dealing with frequent tics, often call for special educational assistance. The use of tape recorders, typewriters, or computers for reading and writing problems, untimed exams (in a private room if vocal tics are a problem), and permission to leave the classroom when tics become overwhelming are often helpful.
  • Tourette Syndrome: Information for Educators - Tourette Syndrome (TS) is an often-misunderstood neuropsychiatric disorder. It occurs more often in males and affects four to five children per 10,000, although some studies report rates as high as 3% of the population. Because most cases of TS are mild and do not come to medical attention, or are often unrecognized and misdiagnosed, prevalence rates have been difficult to determine.
  • Tourette Syndrome.com - Educational Resources for Children With Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, ADD and OCD
  • Tourette Syndrome 'PLUS' - Tourette's Syndrome (also known as Tourette Syndrome or Tourette's Disorder) is a fairly common childhood-onset condition that may be associated with features of many other conditions.
  • Where parents and educators can find everything they need! - How to teach with tourette syndrome

Phase 3 - Debating, Discussing, and Reaching Consensus

You have all learned about a different part of TOURETTE SYNDROME. Now group members come back to the larger WebQuest team with expertise gained by searching from one perspective. You must all now answer the Task / Quest(ion) as a group. Each of you will bring a certain viewpoint to the answer: some of you will agree and others disagree. Use information, pictures, movies, facts, opinions, etc. from the Webpages you explored to convince your teammates that your viewpoint is important and should be part of your team's answer to the Task / Quest(ion). Your WebQuest team should write out an answer that everyone on the team can live with.

Phase 4 - Real World Feedback

In a real world situation the student would benefit greatly from interviewing a person with Tourette Syndrome. They might want to find out actual experiences that they go through.

Working in a small group students might benefit from creating a pamphlet that includes suggested mangament techniques.

Contact local legislators to provide a national Tourette Syndrome Awareness day to promote tolerance and understanding.

Your Contact is: Judy Kiser - Teacher


By exploring my webquest, What Should I Say Next?, you should be more knowledgeable of Tourette Syndrome. I hope you have had fun, and also learned about the topic of Tourette Syndrome. It is hard these days to deal with Tourette Syndrome in many points of view. For example, teachers, parents, other students in the classroom, etc. I hope this website has been a helpful to you, and please feel free to return to this Web-Site for any hepful information.

 created by Filamentality Content by Ariana Puig, GapGal1317@aol.com
Last revised Fri Dec 13 9:36:08 US/Pacific 2002