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Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome
By Dylan Peters
Illustrator: Zachary Wendland, Painted by: Kris Taft Miller
Publisher Five Star Publications

What is life like if you're 9-years-old and have Tourette Syndrome? Tourette Syndrome is a brain disorder that causes uncontrollable tics such as jerking your head or repeating words over and over. Dylan Peters was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 4. He'd always hoped he could keep his Tourette Syndrome a secret from his friends and teachers. Once his friends started asking about his tics, he realized that he had to do something. In Tic Talk, Dylan shares about his life with Tourette Syndrome and that dreaded day in third grade when he finally tells his classmates he has Tourette Syndrome. Tic Talk is a book about being different that offers children an opportunity to both learn about Tourette Syndrome and also learn how someone faced with Tourette Syndrome feels about how others react to and treat them.

Tic Talk is a lesson in treating others as we would like to be treated and an inspirational story about overcoming fears of how we'll be treated when we are different from the group in some way. All children experience times when they are different and dread ridicule or teasing. Tic Talk shows how sharing your difference helps others see you as unique, but also like them, by helping them to walk in your shoes. Dylan has done a fine job of helping readers of Tic Talk walk in his shoes.

Classroom teachers who have a student with Tourette Syndrome will find the book helpful in educating their students about the disorder and will find the listing of successful strategies for working with children with Tourette Syndrome very useful.


Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome

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