This is a very simple exercise that I do the beginning of each semester when I call a meeting of my son's teacher's. I bring half-sheets of paper, one for each teacher, the resource specialist, counselors, etc. I bring a sharpened pencil for each of them as well. I then explain the following: They are to write the Pledge of Allegiance and they have 90 seconds to do that. However, during this time they have to scratch off or erase every third word and rewrite the word and then every three seconds they must tap the top of the paper with their pinkie finger three times. I assure them that I will let them know every three seconds so they don't have to be concerned about the time. There is absolutely NO WAY anyone is able to complete this task. You will find that only then does the Educator get any sort of idea of what is going on in your child's mind. The noise and confusion in the classroom, trying to do the best, trying to write neatly, etc. I have a hard core rule about this and any teacher who will not perform the exercise is removed from teaching my son because that shows me that they are not willing to learn and understand. You will be amazed at how they listen to you after this. I hope this is helpful in tackling the SCHOOL SYSTEMS. ------------------ Julie - 41 yo, Tourette's diagnosed when the kids were in 1994. Taking Zoloft. difficult child - F 18yo, Tourette's, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), ADD, Oppositional Defiant Behavior, of course Tics - was treated with Catapress patches, Dextrostat and Effexor. Stopped all medications when she reached 18 - unbeknownst to me. difficult child M 15 - Tourette's with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Rages, ADD, Depression and Tons of Tics. Treated with Catapress patches, Clonidine, Haldol, Moban, Dextrostat and Zoloft. As long as he is compliant with medications he is the easy child. DEx Tourette's not treated and refuses to do so - basically he is in the dark. husband wants to make everything better, but he is learning that he can't and he is to just love me. Super Guy - What a Gem.