Neurologically Gifted

 About Ken Shyminsky


Ken Shyminsky is a Vice Principal with the Halton District School Board. Specializing in challenging behaviours, he has drawn upon his personal experiences as an teacher and student with Tourette Syndrome to help children with TS and related disorders. In addition to having Tourette Syndrome himself, Ken’s Tourette experiences include work as a Teaching Assistant, Special Education and classroom teacher, school administrator and parent, as well as a mentor for those living with TS and counselor for their families.

As a former Vice President of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada and member of the National Education and Advocacy Committee, he 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+. In 1998, the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada recognized Ken for his contributions by naming him the National Senior Role Model. Ken is also a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Winston, a world-renowned summer camp for children who live with Tourette Syndrome and other neuro-chemical disorders, as well as autism and learning disabilities. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, chairing the Education and Advocacy Committees.

Neurologically Gifted Website

Neurologically Gifted is your source for support, information, tools and strategies for living with neurological differences and neurochemical disorders including, but not limited to,

  • Tourette Syndrome (TS)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Our information is geared towards parents, educators, affected individuals, and their friends.  It will focus primarily on Tourette Syndrome (TS), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), however the challenges, strategies and tools will have applications to many other neurological difference disorders as well as those individuals who can be described as neurotypical.

You will find support in the form of information, explanations, strategies and discussion tailored for the needs of our audience: parents will gain insight from two TS+ experienced parents, teachers/educators will learn from a seasoned lead educator, individuals who have TS+ will be able to reflect on the experiences and musings of 2 adults who deal with the daily challenges these disorders bring, and friends and family members will benefit from learning and gaining an understanding of why we Touretters are driven to do what we do.

Neurologically Gifted Blog

Visit our dynamic blog which will provide insights, news, education, anecdotes, struggles, experiences, tools, strategies and tips for living with and educating yourself and others touched by those with neurochemical differences.

Visit frequently as we grow and add to our information and blogs.  Together, we will build a great source of support and information through your questions and our shared insights and experiences.

Who We Are

We are professionals, a Vice Principal and Special Educator, and Registered Nurse.  We are a successful family profoundly affected by neurological disorder.  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, and Learning Disabilities.  We have struggles and failures and move forward.  We have learned and continue to learn to celebrate our strengths and to support each other with our weaknesses and throughout personal growth.   We want to share our experiences and knowledge and offer support to anyone seeking assistance when living with, loving or teaching those persons who experience neurological differences.  We have lots to share.

Visit often as our website grows with information, discussion and opportunities.  We look forward to continued growth.

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