Re: Re-Directing Tics
While my added tics tend not to bother my professors and peers in my special education classes, I tend to have a lot of problems in classes outside my major.
Because of my hearing loss I have trouble hearing some of my professors who have habits which do not lend themselves to being heard well, such as always facing the board, or mumbling. I had a professor a few semesters ago who did just that. I didn't have a chance, while I was always good at math, I soon found myself in a position where I had no idea what was going on about 3/4ths of the time. Because I couldn't follow and focus on the material my tics would start up, which would draw nervous looks from the other students. The teacher just ignored me in the beginning, then worked his way towards open hostility. Since it was a math class, I didn't take my test at the DSS so as to be able to ask the professor questions. While my vocal tics are never bad, or at least not very audible, I was soon coughing very loudly and making all sorts of weird noises. then my arms started flailing. It was a mess. Sufficient to say that I ended the course with a D. I decided to take the course again, this time over the summer, where there would be fewer students, and I had talked to the professor before the semester started. The class was much nicer, and I ended it with an A+. Now if that doesn't tell you something about the importance of a decent professor than I don't know what does.
TS and Chorn's disease, two diseases triggered by stress. Why am I going into special education one of the most stressful professions out there?