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Tourette syndrome and chess, I need some advice

brasileirosim
In my chess class there a student with Tourette syndrome. I would like to know your advice how to help him. Perhaps some of you have experience with this? It is not a big deal, other students are taking easy, but I would like to help him if I can. I don’t want though to say something if I don’t have a pretty good idea how to help him (I will go on ignoring him, but perhaps this is not the best way). Thanks in advance, and trolls: please take it easy.
llama47

In what way do you want to help him? Help him feel accepted I guess? Or is there something more specific he needs help with?

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brasileirosim
llama47 wrote:

In what way do you want to help him? Help him feel accepted I guess? Or is there something more specific he needs help with?

I even don’t know if I should touch the topic or not. I hoped people with this problem could give me some advice.

B1ZMARK

maybe have him walk around the room. He could walk in a myriad of different paths.

daxypoo
maybe go on a tourette’s syndrome site/forum
llama47
brasileirosim wrote:
llama47 wrote:

In what way do you want to help him? Help him feel accepted I guess? Or is there something more specific he needs help with?

I even don’t know if I should touch the topic or not. I hoped people with this problem could give me some advice.

Unless it's causing a problem for other people why would you touch on the topic?

AFAIK most tourettes sufferers don't do anything like you see on television or movies. They mostly have a twitch, like blinking really hard with both eyes. In most cases they'll seem a little off because of that, but they wont disturb anyone.

 

NikkiLikeChikki

I think you should probably search Google and YouTube on the appropriate way to interact with people with Tourette's. The brother of an ex of had it, and mostly we treated him just like anyone else and just accepted the fact that once in a while he was going to say or do things that would be considered inappropriate under normal circumstances. A few times he called me the B-word or the C-word, and I just had to tell myself to ignore it and think of the dozens of times every day I thought the same of others but said nothing.

But again, I think a chess forum is probably not the best place to seek answers and you're better off going to expert sources and apply the general guidelines to your specific situation.

brasileirosim

Of course I can by a book about the topic, or search on YouTube, or find an expert…I just thought perhaps one of the chess players here has this problem and could give talk about own experience. Thanks guys.