Tourette syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are extremely complex, inter-related behavioral problems that can devastate both the affected child and the child's family. The medical community has increasingly come to recognize that these are genetic disorders, that much of the behavior is biochemically driven, that that a variety of medications can be extremely helpful in modulating the behaviors toward normal. Despite this, an equal, and sometimes more than equal degree of improvement can come from an educational and psychoeducational approach. I have had many hundreds of parents tell me that their child had a "good year" when they had a teacher who understood their disorder and was willing to be flexible and use innovative approaches to help the child, and had a "horrible year" when this was not the case. Teachers (and others) who are not familiar with these disorders often label the behavior problems as "psychological problems," "parenting problems," "not working to their potential," "laziness," "severe emotional disturbance," or "out and out delinquency." While these disorders clearly do not exclude children from also having some of these labels occasionally be correct, in most cases the behaviors rapidly improve when the medication is right, the educational program is right, or especially, when both are right.
While other books on these conditions help us to understand the clinical aspects, neurochemistry, genetics and medical treatment of these disorders, Teaching the Tiger is uniquely designed to help teachers, parents, students, and relatives maximize the educational plans necessary to help these children. This can be so effective that for some children this understanding of their condition and appropriate help in the classroom is all that is necessary. For the others who require medication, it can make the difference between whether the problems are largely eliminated or remain a major impediment to progress. An understanding teacher and an appropriately designed educational plan is a critical part of treating all of these children. -- David E. Comings, M.D.
Table of Content
Section I. Toward an Insider's Point of View
Section II. In the Classroom
Section III. Computer Use
Section IV. Evaluation/Assessment
Section V. Individualized Education Plan
Section VI. Modifications for College Admission Tests
Section VII. Federal Laws Pertaining to Handicapped Students
Section VIII. Appendices
What Reviewers Have Said
"As Chairperson of the Educational Committee for the National Tourette Syndrome Association, I
have had the opportunity to review many publications on the education of students with TS. Teaching the Tiger is by far the finest piece of work in its field I have ever read. This book is very well organized, extremely
complete in dealing with all of Tourette Syndrome and its associated disorders, insightful and most practical. Not only will the reader obtain an in-depth understanding of what living with these neurological disorders
is like, but will also be provided with all the skills and interventions necessary in providing services for these children in an educational setting. This book is a must for all parents of children with TS and all
educational personnel working with children diagnosed with TS, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. For those children it will help, I offer my sincerest gratitude for helping them
to understand their world and reach their fullest potential."
--Susan A. Conners Chairperson Educational Committee, National TSA
"As an originator of the OC Foundation and an OCD survivor whose onset was in childhood, my excitement anticipating each page was never disappointed. Targeting children for early
diagnosis and treatment is the "why" of the conception of the OC Foundation. To save a child from the pain of OCD with arrested social skills and deflated confidence, which can erode a child's life, is a major
goal for us all."
--Fran Sydney Founder, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
"Brava! At last a groundbreaking look at the intricate and often confusing relationships between ADD, Tourette syndrome, OCD and LD . . educational strategies are simply stated but
never simplistic . . The authors have drawn on their vast experience teaching and treating children with neurological impairments to offer sound educational strategies and practical insights for dealing with common
problems at school and at home. If we could just make this book required reading at every school and teacher's college in America! Our teachers are in desperate need of this information."
--Marie Maran Co-president CH.A.D.D. Westchester County
"Dornbrush and Pruitt's handbook, Teaching the Tiger, is a marvellous compendium of wisdom, gained through experience. This book will prove to be a frequently used reference for anyone
involved with children and adults who suffer from these invisible neurological handicaps . . As a private practitioner, every chapter proved to be of practical use and assistance. "The Story of Mother Vowel,"
in the Appendix, alone was worth the price of the book . . these two writers understand what each and every child and adult go through when they suffer from these conditions . . I cannot recommend the book enough. I
know that it will become a desk manual that I will use on a regular basis.
On every page it is quite evident that these two writers understand what each child and adult go through when they suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The daily struggle with just being able to organize oneself in order to meet either the classroom environment or the work place takes on heroic proportions. With guidance from clinicians such as Dornbush and Pruitt, the sufferers of these conditions will have the tools and stratagems with which to cope with their invisible handicaps."
--Jonathan B. Lauter, M.D. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
"Your classroom modifications will be a 'godsend' for teachers, parents and children alike."
--Jim Broatch, MSW Executive Director, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
"Wow! This book is a SURVIVAL guide for parents, teachers and kids. It shows us all how to be successful when living around a child with Tourette Syndrome, ADD and/or OCD"
--Dianne Garber TS/ADHD/OCD Parent
"Not only is this book comprehensive - covering everything including legal rights - it is full of practical, step-by-step positive interventions that anyone from teacher to parent to
coach can employ to help the child with Tourette's, ADHD or OCD to be successful. Compiled from years of research and experiences with kids who have Tourette Syndrome, ADHD and OCD, Pruitt and Dornbush give us an
invaluable resource in this handbook. Doctors should give one out with each new diagnosis!"
--Vicki Y. Prophet, M.S. Parent of an ADHD/OCD Adolescent, a Tourette Syndrome/ADHD/OCD Preadolescent and ADHD child
"For years parents and educators have been waiting for a resource like Teaching the Tiger. The authors have a clear understanding of the educational and social needs of children who
have Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders. In addition, they offer specific, practical strategies to meet those needs."
--Jeanie Taylor Founder Georgia Tourette Syndrome Association