Tourette Syndrome focus of speaker at TROY

Posted: Thursady, 18 November 2010

TROY—Rhett Sewell knows first hand the problems encountered by kids with Tourette Syndrome and will talk about his experiences at Troy University.

Sewell, now a student at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, will speak about his classroom experiences to the public and to College of Education students from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 in Hawkins Hall room 122.

A public and keynote speaker for the past five years, Sewell speaks about his personal experience with Tourette Syndrome and serves as a camp counselor and program director for Camp Twitch and Shout, a camp in Georgia for children with the syndrome. His speeches are conducted to raise awareness and tolerance of the syndrome.

“Mr. Sewell will speak about his classroom experiences with Tourette’s, what his experiences were living with it and what he wished his teachers would have done and what they did do,” said Dr. Rhonda Bowron, an associate professor of education who is helping coordinate the lecture.

During the lecture, he will provide suggestions to students and teachers to help them help children in their classrooms with Tourette Syndrome, what the general public can do and about the camp in Georgia, she said.

Three education organizations are sponsoring the free lecture: Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society; Association of Children’s Education International; and the Student Council for Exceptional Children, which promotes service to children with special needs in education.

“He speaks because he believes he has a moral obligation to share his life to help others who are different,” Dr. Bowron said.