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Tourette Syndrome


Tourette syndrome (TS) is an inherited, neurological disorder characterised by multiple involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocalisations called tics that come and go over years.

In a few cases, such tics can include inappropriate words and phrases.

Control, which can sometimes be exercised from seconds to hours at a time, may merely postpone more severe outbursts of symptoms.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

SEaTSS can support students with this condition.

To refer to SEATSS please use this link:


Screenshot for video: My Tourettes Story

My Tourettes Story

A very helpful video made by Caspar.

Screenshot for video: Me and My Tourettes

Me and My Tourettes

Jack is 8 yrs old and explains motor tics

Screenshot for video: I have Tourettes- get over it !

I have Tourettes- get over it !

A brave talk, Analiase and Robyn argue for Tourettes Syndrome to be recognised as a disability.

Learning Aids

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is it called Tourette's syndrome?

    The disorder is named for Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, the pioneering French neurologist who first described an 86-year-old French noblewoman with the condition in 1885.

  • Does this condition affect males more than females?

    Males are affected 3 or 4 times more than females.

    It affects one schoolchild in every hundred and more than 300,000 children and adults in the UK.

  • Are there different types of Tourette's Syndrome?

    There are two main types of Tourette Syndrome;

    • Simple - Motor -eye blinking, head jerking, shoulder shrugging and facial grimacing, vocal - throat clearing, yelping and other noises, sniffing and tongue clicking.
    • Complex- Motor - jumping, touching other people or things, smelling, twirling about, and only rarely, self-injurious actions including hitting or biting oneself, vocal - uttering words or phrases out of context and coprolalia (vocalizing socially unacceptable words).
  • Can Tourette's Syndrome be treated?

    For most pupils the symptoms do not impact considerably, so the decision is made not to use medication.

    However for more complex cases medication can be used, but it appears this may have long term side effects.

    A more in depth look at different treatments can be found at

  • How can I help in class?
    • Tolerant and empathetic environment in which to learn
    • Private study area
    • Exams away from main class
    • Untimed tests / extra time / movement break

Family Resources

Tourettes Action

TS helpline: 0300 777 8427
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  • Key issues covered in a series of short films
  • There is an opportunity to have a holiday with other people who have Tourette's Syndrome.
  • Free drumming workshops for students with Tourette's Syndrome aged 5- 18 yrs

Contact a family


A UK wide charity providing advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children. 

Relaxed performances -National Theatre

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Gill Dodson who works for Newbridge recently shared with us her recent trip to see a relaxed performance of Matilda. She could not recommend this highly enough and said there were lots of accomodations for a range of SEN.

Looking at their website the next performance appears to be War Horse in September.