Grandchild with TS
Your Grandchild is very fortunate to have you.
It's not uncommon to hear stories about school's seemingly ill-equipped or un-interested in the needs of a "special" child. I have been down this road myself.
I suggest you contact the School Board directly. Ask to speak with someone who can assist you directly with your concerns. Let them know that your child has a dissability (Tourette Syndrome) and that you want to know how to access services to assist him/her better in the classroom environment. It might be better at first if you hold off telling them that you don't seem to be getting anywhere with the child's school directly.
You should inquire about what services are available.........such as an Educational Assistant who may be able to work with your grandchild in the school setting. I believe that you have to start some formal paperwork etc. to request additional assistance.
You might also find out where the closest chapter of the TSFC in your community and contact them. They may be able to provide and inservice to the school where your child goes. It can be an inservice for the whole classroom, so that the other children can better understand their class-mates difficulties and hopefully, appreciate what he is going through......or an inservice for the teachers and principal.
The other suggestion I have is to obtain a new booklet that I've recently heard about from the Cdn Psychiatric Reserch Foundation.
There are two books:
"When Something's Wrong - Ideas for Teacher"
"When Something's Wrong - Ideas for Families"
You can find out more at www.cprf.ca or 1-800-915-2773
And lastly, you can always contact the new Children's ministry for guidance. It was established this year and they are hoping to help families with mental health issues of children etc.
Contact: Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services
Best of luck and God Bless.
Being different is special.