How to get 3rd grade son with Tourette's to school

Katrina - posted on 09/29/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am in dire need of ideas about how to get my 3rd grade son to school. He has Tourette's and gets into rage attacks whenever it's time to go to school. He's on abilify to help with anxiety, we are getting him on a 504 plan with the school (they have been very supportive) and he sees a psychologist and psychiatrist. He doesn't have any academic challenges, it's just everything else. Please help!!

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Katrina - posted on 10/02/2014

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Hi Ariana - I just figured out how to respond to this. My apologies! I want to thank you for responding! You have some great ideas and I will talk to our psychologist tomorrow about this. It's been a really bad week. This week he ran away from school and the police got involved. I'm wondering if he's not on the right meds. The staff at the school is amazing and has been nothing but nurturing and so supportive. We are now getting him on a 504 plan which will help with his missed days. I'm really wondering what the best meds are for kids with tourettes. I know meds can't fix the disease, but I'm hoping we can find a middle ground until he can get more comfortable with tools to help him before he gets into his rage attacks. Again, thank you and I like your idea of additional consequences.

Take Care!!

Ariana - posted on 09/29/2014

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If you're seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist it may be best to bring this up with them to see if a plan can be made to help reduce the attacks.

You might want to bring it up with him and ask him what he thinks needs to happen to stop these rage attacks. Sometimes if you ask them upfront what should we do to stop this if it's happening? they can actually come up with something that will work.

If the rage attack happens what do you do? Does he end up late for school? Is there a consequence that can be given after school? Like if he has a fit in the morning maybe his television is taken away after school. Maybe you can give him a 'free day off' pass once a month where he can stay home for no reason, but he only gets one so he has to decide when he wants to use it. So if he starts raging you can say do you want to use your pass or save it for later?

Either way I think the best plan of action would be to talk to the psychologist and psychiatrist and ask them to help you work out a plan with him to deal with the issues in the morning. If that doesn't work or isn't possible for some reason talk to him about it and see if you can work out a plan with him for what needs to happen to stay calm in the morning time or what should be done.

I would create a consequence for when he does have a fit like losing a privilage after-school as well.

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