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Teaching the Tiger [Plastic Comb]

M. Dornbush
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  • Plastic Comb: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Hope Press; Spi edition (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878267345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878267344
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent practical reference for educators 25 Feb 1997
By A Customer
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Teaching the Tiger is absolutely *the* best practical reference book for educators working with students who have Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, and/or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. (As the authors explain, these disorders are linked in that they are all disorders of impulse control; many Touretters also have symptoms of the other two disorders.)

Descriptions of the disorders and explanations of associated symptoms are clear, well-written and jargon-free. The authors do an excellent job of explaining how these disorders affect emotions, thought processes, and overt behavior. Suggested educational techniques are practical, "everyday useful" kinds of interventions that are clearly and logically linked both to the situations in which their use is appropriate and to educational goals for the student.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works with a student who has Tourette Syndrome. It's definitely not just for the special educator--guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists, regular classroom teachers, and paraprofessionals should all find it a useful resource.
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I initially bought this book as a resource for "teaching" my son's school about his disorder. Not only was it invaluable for that, but it gave me NUMEROUS insights into my son. Every page was helpful. It can be used for any school-aged child, including those applying to college.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for educators of neurologically-impaired children. 9 Oct 1999
By "1-irene-1" - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the first chapter of Teaching the Tiger and immediately turned it over to my 7th grade TS+ child's team of teachers. After they started using the book, I noticed an immediate change in the way they handled teaching him, and it just gets better every day. The authors have managed to convey what everyone dreams of--how to reach and teach children with ADD/ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, and other neurological difficulties. These children are teachable, and may even be gifted, but often they founder under conventional systems. This book explains in fine detail a "menu" of behaviors to expect as "normal" from these children, and then how to work WITH the child, not against him.
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Classroom 13 Mar 2000
By leah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Plastic Comb
This is the best book on classroom management of children with these disorders I have ever read. It is very easy to read and put in to use. I recommened this book to any teacher or parent dealing with a child with TS, OCD, or ADHD. I have never read anything with so much understanding and empathy for these children.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding resource for schools, parents, advisors... 29 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Plastic Comb
Anyone involved with children with TS/OCD/ADD/ADHD - this is a *must read* handbook. The practical suggestions fit every life situation from pre-school through university and into adult life - family, home, job, friends, etc. I bought this book to share with my child's school because they seemed unable or unwilling to accept the challenges in the life of a gifted child with a disability. We now *homeschool* and work out our schedules naturally in accord with the suggestions from this book and experience that the school would have. There's even a section on writing IEP's and 504 plans. This is an excellent book.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for parents of aTourette, ADD, or OCD child 5 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Plastic Comb
I initially bought this book as a resource for "teaching" my son's school about his disorder. Not only was it invaluable for that, but it gave me NUMEROUS insights into my son. Every page was helpful. It can be used for any school-aged child, including those applying to college.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful resources 22 Aug 2007
By J. Gasior - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Plastic Comb
I have a now 17 year old daughter who began really struggling in school at age 10, 5th grade. We had her evaluated by the school and they determined that because her IQ was high, she was not eligible for special services, despite the fact that she was failing almost every subject and had trouble socially. I took her to our own child neuro-psychiatrist and, after a lengthy interview and eval, she was diagnosed with tourette syndrome. Further it was determined that she was manifesting her TS with many symptoms of ADHD and OCD...something the school district refused to take into consideration.

I stumbled upon this book at our local book store and literally sat in the aisle just soaking up the most accurate description of my daughter that anyone had ever been able to give me - and it was a BOOK! It was as if I could have written the list of symptoms and the various methods they offered that work (most of the time). I immediately paid the $35 for this book without reservation and read it from cover to cover, several times. There are about 10 pages in the back of the book with many many other resources for parents, DR's and educators.

The thing about any brain disorder is that they vary in degree and there are very few who have an exact definition or symptomology...iow, no two are ever truly alike. It is VERY common for kids with TS to have crossover symptoms of ADHD and OCD and vice versa. This book addresses those symptoms. This book also talks a lot about the common 'rage attacks' that many of these kids experience and how it's such a normal reaction to what they are going through...it really helps the parents to put their child's behavior into perspective and rather than parent from a purely punitive standpoint, the parent can custom fit their parenting styles to suit that child. This book shows you how to do that. It offers tips and resources to help teachers deal with these types of kids in a way that is not humiliating and embarrassing to the child or his classmates. This book helped me to 'read' my daughter and learn how to diffuse a rage attack before it happened - any idea how incredible that is??

Most teachers have been trained to teach one way. They have a population of about 24-30+ students in their class and they have to figure out a way to teach them all so they teach to the majority. Who does that leave out? The bright shiny star students and those who need a helping hand or those who need just a little encouragement and a few secret code words to get through a lesson plan. The majority of teachers do not have the time or the wherewithall to accomplish the goal of moving from one lesson plan to the next with ease when she has even ONE special needs kid in her class. Someone loses and most often, it is the student who needs the help the most. Sure, the schools provide paras, but only in the classrooms that have a named special education student in them. If you have a kid who has TS and isn't designated Spec Ed, then his/her class will not have a para in it.

That's another reason this book is so valuable to ALL teachers. Each of our children learn in their own way...there is a way to teach them and teach them well. This book should be mandatory reading for all prospective teachers. Every teacher should have this book in her library!! I made 3 copies for my district, one for the elementary level, one for junior high, and one for the high school level. I don't think one person ever cracked it open; if my daughters experiences at our local public school are any indication. We transferred out to a charter school in 9th grade. She did very well there. The entire staff was very up on their special needs kiddos and my daughter benefitted from their style of teaching and their empathy - something that is sorely lacking in our public schools in my opinion. Buy this book!
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