Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Having Trouble Participating In Class Due to Tics

Lately I seem to have been having more trouble than usual talking in class because of my tics. When I have something I want to say in class, more often than not, my body locks up, I start ticcing a lot, and when my body has finally calmed down the conversation has moved on and what I had to say is no loner relevant or i've completely forgotten whatever it was I was going to say. I have a tic where my eyes go out of focus, my whole body locks up and freezes, and I can't say a word. That seems to be the #1 tic that's interfering with my talking in class. The only class this really interferes with is my poetry writing 2 class. The rest of my classes don't really give a class participation grade, but my poetry class does. So, I decided to e-mail my poetry teacher today and this is the e-mail I sent her:

"I wanted to let you know that i've been having trouble participating in class lately due to my tics. I've had this problem in the past, but it seems to be becoming more frequent again. More often than not, when I want to say something in class my tics interfere and I'm not able to open my mouth and say what I want to say. Hopefully this problem will pass soon, but i'm really not sure.

I wanted to let you know about this in hopes that it will not affect my participation grade.

Thank you in advance for your understanding"

Hopefully she will understand. And hopefully my participation grade won't be affected by this. I'll keep you guys updated and let you know what she says in response to this e-mail. So far, my college has been incredibly understanding of my TS and I have come accross very few problems, if any at all. So I expect that she will be understanding and that her response will be positive!


  1. Hi Ruthie!
    I want you to know how much you've helped and inspired me tonight. I think I will be applying to volunteer at Twitch and Shout, and the TSCO (I'm outside Chicago). I"ve spent long enough wanting to help others but feeling unable/insecure. One reason is the tic you address in this post. I'm also done waiting, hoping it will "fade" (I'm 23). You exhibit a beautiful way of living and I thank you for sharing it not only with the world around you but online as well. Maybe one day we'll meet at camp =) I hope and pray for an awesome semester for you. ~Becca

  2. Hi Becca!!
    I'm so glad my post inspired you! Also I'm so glad you're going to apply to volunteer at camp twitch and shout! Make sure to submit your application ASAP because there have been a lot of volunteer applications this year already! So send yours in as soon as you can for the best chance to get accepted! Also, it's nice to hear that others have similar tics that I do and go through similar things so thanks for commenting. If you submit that application and all works out, I will definitely meet you next year at camp! :)

  3. Also come over and like my TS facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Little-Bit-Different-Tourettes-Syndrome/164459540340080?ref=hl

    I post a lot on there too! And if you have any questions about camp, feel free to message me through the facebook page about it :)