Living with Tourette's
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Living with Tourette's

Improving everyday situations with Tourette's Syndrome through the experience of an Adult educator with this condition.
5.0 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Dave Brebner
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Gain a good generalised understanding of Tourette's Syndrome, some of the challenges facing people with the disorder and confidently use this understanding to assist in situations where a person with Tourette's is present
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  • The desire to learn about Tourette's Syndrome through the eyes of a person who has lived with it.

Coming directly from Dave's 45 years of experience living with this condition, this course covers basic and generalised information about Tourette's from his own personal experience as a sufferer. While briefly describing Tourette's Syndrome and general Symptoms,for which there is plenty of information available, this course deals mainly with day to day tips for various life situations with encouragement for living with or encountering this unusual condition. Dave's course comes from the experiences of what he, and others he has met, have had and, because all "Touretters" are individuals, may or may not cover all situations experienced by sufferers.

Dave is an Adult Educator with a Bachelor Of Education degree and is currently completing a Masters in Education in career development. He has run small businesses and is also a licensed Electrician.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone encountering Tourette's for the first time.
  • Teachers and Parents wanting a personal perspective on Tourette's in learning and home situations
  • Social group leaders and those involved with vocational placement of Tourette's Sufferers
  • Those who have a general interest in the subject and want to hear from the experineces of a sufferer.
  • HR and Employer's representatives who may encounter Tourette's in the workplace.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
My Story
2 Lectures 06:31

A basic general description defining Tourette's Syndrome

Preview 02:20

This is a brief overview of my story with Tourette's. Where I have been and where I am now.

Preview 04:11
Tics and Traits
5 Lectures 14:23

This is a general description of Symptoms, particularly those I have encountered and some of the things that come with them.

Simple and Complex tics

This section briefly looks at some of the more unusual symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome.

Rare symptoms

In this section I describe some strange behaviours that I have experienced and sometimes come with Tourette's Syndrome.

Strange Behaviours

This section deals with trying to supress tics and the compulsions to tic when least convenient.

Suppressing Tics

Some good points and tips for the last few sections

Points to Remember
Tourette's in different situations
4 Lectures 54:01

This section deals with those situations that were particularly hard for me to handle and which others have agreed that they have trouble with also. It also contains some ideas for dealing with these situations.

Kryptonite - Dealing with threatening situations

In this section I talk about general learning situations, what personally did and didn't work for me and what others have experienced. It includes a lot of tips to make subtle differences that could make a real difference.

Learning and Tourette's

This section deals with workplace situations including personal issues, good communication and practical considerations. A lot of these ideas have helped me function in the working world.

Tourette's in the Workplace

  • While 'emotional meltdowns' are not a direct symptom of Tourette's and can happen to anyone, I included this section from person experience. I used to have 'meltdowns' as a child due to rejection or frustration. This is not the case with all Tourette's Sufferers but is common among some when life gets overwhelming. As adults it is far less common but having someone who understands and helps on those occasions is really helpful if they do arise.
Responding to a Tourette's Moment
Summary and Resources
3 Lectures 12:00

Here's some video of questions and answers and a little more about my story, plus a few other humorous moments.

Preview 06:37

Here are some tips for family members and dealing with those who are unfamiliar with Tourette's Syndrome.

Talking to others about Tourette's

A Gathering of bits and pieces that I have found over the years to be useful and can relate too in my own life. We all seem to have very similar stories. I'm glad there is so much great information and support for people with Tourette's Syndrome now.

Conclusion and References
About the Instructor
Dave Brebner
5.0 Average rating
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11 Students
1 Course
Adult Educator

Dave is an Adult Educator, Speaker and Youth leader living in Western Sydney, Australia where he teaches the Electrical Trades at the Western Sydney Institute. He has Diplomas in Business and Training, A Bachelors Degree in Adult Education, Vocational and Workplace Training and is currently completing a Masters of Education with a major in Career Development. He has lived with Tourette's Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders since an early age. He is married with 6 children. He is a passionate coach and mentor to young people especially in the vocational guidance and career development areas.