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.
This is a general description of Symptoms, particularly those I have encountered and some of the things that come with them.
This section briefly looks at some of the more unusual symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome.
In this section I describe some strange behaviours that I have experienced and sometimes come with Tourette's Syndrome.
This section deals with trying to supress tics and the compulsions to tic when least convenient.
Some good points and tips for the last few sections
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.
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.
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.
Here's some video of questions and answers and a little more about my story, plus a few other humorous moments.
Here are some tips for family members and dealing with those who are unfamiliar with Tourette's Syndrome.
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.
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.