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My Life with Tics: Kids With Tourettes Are Not Special

I’ve been doing homebound (also known as off-campus) learning on and off for the past six years. Basically I attend school at a district office for SMSD, so that I can let out my tics when needed without disturbing my classmates. My tics hardly flare up at homebound, because I don’t have the stress of sitting at a desk for seven hours a day, five days a week. However, I still do all of the work that my friends in school do.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my teachers and my parents. But this is not a “special” case. I’m a student who does the same work as everyone else. I may do most of it at home or at Starbucks, but that doesn’t mean I’m not working. And if I happen to get my work done faster than the kids in school, why can’t I have a break?

That’s why the whole special treatment of kids with TS drives me crazy.

Yes, I need notes given to me, because my handwriting’s terrible.

Yes,  I need private testing, because my tics get really high when I take tests.

And yes, I do need to be pushed every now and then to get my homework done.

However, when every single student in my school district gets a day off, why shouldn’t I?

The common answer from my teachers and parents, “You don’t go to school nearly as much as everyone else.”

Well yeah. Of course I don’t. But I’m still doing all the work, aren’t I? And if I get done faster than everyone in school, what’s the big deal. I’d just like to be rewarded for my more diligent work, by getting district wide holidays off, so I can spend time with my friends.


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Scotty Burford

Son of Christ. Family Man. Geek. These three phrases are my priorities in life. I'm just your everyday kid who happens to have Tourettes Syndrome. I've got the best friends and family anyone could ask for. I've been blessed with a mind wired for technology. I'm a Apple, Google, and Android fan (in that order). I enjoy sharing my opinion, and I usually don't care what people think of me for doing so. I plan on going to K-State next year to major in Journalism. EMAW and ... Read Full »

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