celebrating our strengths
We are a successful parenting team, each of us having professional accrediations that we apply to the raising of our children who are profoundly affected by neurological disorders. Within our family of five we share and manage successfully with Tourette Syndrome (TS), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Learning Disabilities. We have our struggles and failures, but we continue to move forward. We have learned to celebrate our strengths and to support each others’ weaknesses and foster constant personal growth. We share our experiences and knowledge and offer support to those who are seeking assistance in living with, loving, or teaching those persons who experience neurological differences. We have lots to share.
Ken Shyminsky Speaker, Counsellor, Coach, Advocate
Offering expert support in the management of:
- Tourette Syndrome
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Behaviour challenges resulting from neurologic disorders
- Learning Disabilities
Ken is a school administrator in a publicly funded school board in Ontario, Canada and the current president of Tourette Canada. Ken has the distinction of being:
1. a person who has Tourette Syndrome (and many of its associated disorders),
2. a teacher of students who are challenged with Tourette, ADHD, OCD, ODD, learning disabilities,
3. a parent of children challenged by Tourette, ADHD, OCD, ODD, autism and learning disabilities, and
4. a consultant to families, school boards and corporations requiring support in the management of challenging behaviours and conflict resolution.
Tremendously successful in these roles, Ken shares his knowledge and skills in a variety of formats to support those affected by neurologic disorders – be they individuals, families, parent groups, school boards, or corporations. Ken’s specialization in Behaviour Management provides him with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon in supporting those in need.
As a past member of Tourette Canada’s Education and Advocacy Committee, Ken was a co-author and co-editor of Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Educators, and the creator of monthly recreational networking sessions for children and teens who suffer from TS+. He has been recognized by Tourette Canada (formerly the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada) for his contributions at a national level by naming him the National Senior Role Model. Ken has also served as a consultant for families as well as organizations to support people of all ages who live with Tourette Syndrome and other neurological disorders, as well as learning disabilities.
Julie Spratt RN, Mother
Julie is a Registered Nurse specializing in cardio-vascular intensive care. Her experience and knowledge in the medical field and pharmacology has been invaluable in navigating the roller-coaster treatment plans for our neurologically affected children. Julie draws upon her medical background and parenting experience to support families who are struggling to meet the special needs of their children. In addition to her professional background, Julie is also able to draw on her personal experiences as a person who herself has Tourette as well as general anxiety disorder and PTSD.
To get more information about one on one counselling, parent presentations or professional presentations please contact Neurologically Gifted!