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    Recitation Advice

    My 3rd grade daughter has mild Tourettes. Her tics come and go, but lately one of her more noticeable tics has been scratching her head when she's nervous. Every morning when we start recitation, she starts scratching. I want recitation to be more formal with good posture and hands at her sides, but at this time, this particular tic is irrepressible. Has anyone else dealt with this type of thing or have any advice for making recitation formal w/o requiring being still?
    Heather

    DD 9, MP 4A
    DD 6, MP 2
    DS 4 & DS 4--going to Pre-K three mornings/week
    DS 1

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    Re: Recitation Advice

    Originally posted by GrammarGirl View Post
    My 3rd grade daughter has mild Tourettes. Her tics come and go, but lately one of her more noticeable tics has been scratching her head when she's nervous. Every morning when we start recitation, she starts scratching. I want recitation to be more formal with good posture and hands at her sides, but at this time, this particular tic is irrepressible. Has anyone else dealt with this type of thing or have any advice for making recitation formal w/o requiring being still?
    Hi Heather

    My best advice would be to not overthink it. Do what she is capable of doing. Push a bit for more "formality" to instill good habits and routines, but don't insist on perfection. Recitation poise and posture comes with time and practice. Practice and you will see results over time. Do what she can.
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      Re: Recitation Advice

      Originally posted by Anita View Post
      Hi Heather

      My best advice would be to not overthink it. Do what she is capable of doing. Push a bit for more "formality" to instill good habits and routines, but don't insist on perfection. Recitation poise and posture comes with time and practice. Practice and you will see results over time. Do what she can.
      Thank you, Anita. I probably am overthinking it. We are only in our second week of school, and transitional times are when the tics ramp up. If I lighten up, DD will probably feel less nervous. Her tics change so often that this one will probably pass, at least for a while, soon enough.
      Heather

      DD 9, MP 4A
      DD 6, MP 2
      DS 4 & DS 4--going to Pre-K three mornings/week
      DS 1

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        Re: Recitation Advice

        Originally posted by GrammarGirl View Post
        My 3rd grade daughter has mild Tourettes. Her tics come and go, but lately one of her more noticeable tics has been scratching her head when she's nervous. Every morning when we start recitation, she starts scratching. I want recitation to be more formal with good posture and hands at her sides, but at this time, this particular tic is irrepressible. Has anyone else dealt with this type of thing or have any advice for making recitation formal w/o requiring being still?

        Yes, we had something similar: wriggles and autistic hand-flapping. (Conjugations can be very exciting! )

        Good posture, hands at sides, limited movement, and a respectful tone -- this is the expectation. But we're only focusing on poised control of voluntary movements.

        You mentioned something important: nervousness. You might begin with a relaxation technique or two for deep breathing before reciting. As you said, watch your own demeanor before recitations -- smiling, calm, like one of those encouraging MP DVD teachers!

        We had a little catch phrase that seemed to help, "Let's show what you know." In other words, "You already know this. Let's enjoy watching these recitations accumulate!"

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          Re: Recitation Advice

          Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
          Yes, we had something similar: wriggles and autistic hand-flapping. (Conjugations can be very exciting! )

          Good posture, hands at sides, limited movement, and a respectful tone -- this is the expectation. But we're only focusing on poised control of voluntary movements.

          You mentioned something important: nervousness. You might begin with a relaxation technique or two for deep breathing before reciting. As you said, watch your own demeanor before recitations -- smiling, calm, like one of those encouraging MP DVD teachers!

          We had a little catch phrase that seemed to help, "Let's show what you know." In other words, "You already know this. Let's enjoy watching these recitations accumulate!"
          Thank you, Cheryl! She did much better today, wanting to show off for Dad who had the day off.

          I will work on my own demeanor as I do think I make her nervous.
          Heather

          DD 9, MP 4A
          DD 6, MP 2
          DS 4 & DS 4--going to Pre-K three mornings/week
          DS 1

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            Re: Recitation Advice

            One of my kids has a tic as well--he's doing most of his school work bouncing on an exercise ball! He can't do the tic and bounce at the same time. Should I be trying to have him stand still for recitations??
            Catherine

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