Whinnying like a horse? Barking, spitting, screeching....

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Whinnying like a horse? Barking, spitting, screeching....
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Sun, 01-01-2012 - 11:35am

No, all these animal sounds may not be Tourette syndrome. As a teacher, I had already been wondering about a student's bizarre behaviors... wondering if perhaps she was having reactions to some environmental components or to food, but I had NEVER heard about these verbal behaviors. Then, I heard Dr. Doris Rapp, author of "Is This Your Child?" speaking at a conference. She EXACTLY described one of the children I taught!!!

So what does a teacher do with this knowledge? I did.... NOTHING. I mean, what can I do? It certainly is NOT my "place" to tell a parent - "Hey - your child may have food allergies or be highly sensitive to some toxin in the environment!"

And what do I know? This poor mother has probably already read every book possible on the topic! I know how annoying it can be to have other people offer unsolicited suggestions and ideas when they cannot possibly know what I have already tried ...


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That's a tough question, I guess it would depend on my relationship with the mother.

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I don't take it too well when someone says that my child's ADHD issues can all be solved by making some dietary changes.


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Wow. Here is an example of how very sensitive people can be!


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I have to say, I would've reprimanded that child also and wouldn't have cared if the mom did get upset.

About the bottle incident, the way she described the woman as "informing" her that she was doing it wrong makes me wonder about the tone of the delivery? I guess it all depends on how the person talks to you about it. I agree that there are so many things you can still learn, especially as a new parent. You can learn a lot of great tips if you are open to suggestions.