"Simple, colorful illustrations by Dylan's best friend Zachary Wendland drive home this straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is story... A set of ten successful strategies for working with children with Tourette Syndrome and a list of additional resources round out this highly recommended picture book for school libraries and for teaching young people everywhere about Tourette Syndrome."
The Horn Book Guide to Children's and Young Adult Books
This is a really excellent book. My 7 year old daughter has TS and for the first time is understanding she is not alone. She is starting to become worried what others will think of her Tourette's and I know that Dylan's story will help her tremendously. I am going to share it with her teacher and maybe share it with the classroom, as Dylan did in the story showing his amazing courage. This book will help children accept the differences in others.
January 29, 2008
Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome (Little Five Star, 2007, 50 pages) is a firsthand account by a remarkable young boy named Dylan Peters of his struggle with the social stigma surrounding his Tourette syndrome, an inherited neurological disorder characterized by physical and vocal tics. The book is written for other children, and the language is simple and conversational...
...Tic Talk could be a valuable classroom resource for curbing teasing by teaching students to empathize with one another. Although Dylan Peters’s story is specifically about a particular condition, his message of tolerance is universal.
Character Counts Chronical
Dylan, The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada was honoured to have you give the Opening Address at our National Conference recently.
Many of my colleagues questioned my wisdom in inviting someone so young to undertake such an important role. They soon saw what I did. It was a privilege to have you in attendance. We are certain that our members and their families will take you up on your challenge of spreading the message of awareness and tolerance.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with so many of the kids on an individual level and to personalize your book for them. You are truly an inspiration to many.
You should be very proud of your book Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome, A 9 year-old boy’s story in his own words. As you spoke in your presentation the book you wrote allows others with TS to know they are not alone and opens the hearts and minds of those that do not have Tourette Syndrome.
All of us at Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada wish you the very best in your future endeavours and know that you will continue to inspire many.
Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada
"Dylan Peters' book, Tic Talk, both personalizes and promotes awareness of Tourette's Syndrome in a way that can be appreciated by even young children. It was a pleasure working with Dylan, his parents and Linda Radke of Five Star Publications in finding out more about their efforts to promote public understanding and tolerance for individual differences."
Head of English and Library
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
In Tic Talk, ten-year old Dylan Peters shares about his life with Tourette Syndrome. Tic Talk is a lesson in treating others as we would like to be treated and an inspirational story about overcoming fears of how we'll be treated when we are different from the group in some way. All children experience times when they are different and dread ridicule or teasing. Tic Talk shows how sharing your difference helps others see you as unique, but also like them, by helping them to walk in your shoes. Dylan has done a fine job of helping readers of Tic Talk walk in his shoes.
Tic Talk - From a 10 Year-old
This is a great story and a great book. It comes out of the Kansas City area and profiles a great kid by the name of Dylan Peters. His attitude toward Tourette Syndrome is so incredibly mature it’s downright inspiring to all ages. He sat down and wrote his book, Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome: A 9-Year-Old Boy’s Story in His Own Words, at the age of, well, nine, and now is on the speaking circuit. For a 10 year-old, you’ve got to admire this kind of moxie...
September 25th, 2007 Blog
Dylan was featured in the children's publication for the summer, called That Darn Tic by the Tourette Syndrome Association. He is extremely proud of this because he knows that it will touch thousands of kids with TS.
That Darn Tic
Issue no. 2
"A most unusual book is Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome by Dylan Peters ($14.95, Five Star Publications, Chandler, AZ), a 9-year-old who tells his story in his own words with illustrations by Zachary Wendland, painted by Kris Taft Miller. It has a foreword by former Major League Baseball player, Jim Eisenriech. This book goes a long way to explaining this little-understood affliction and does so with humor. Tourette makes itself known often through physical twitches and vocal sounds that draw attention and the emotional impact of TS can be significant. Even for the very young, this book will provide a lesson in coping with some of the problems life sometimes tosses one’s way."
Alan Caruba, Editor
In Tic Talk Living with Tourette Syndrome, 9 year-old Dylan Peters describes his life with TS. The charmng books offers sage advice in the words of a child, illustrated by Dylan's friend, Zachary Wendland and painted by Kris Taft Miller. Both children and parents will enjoy Dylan's descriptions of getting a CAT scan, coping with anger and learning to make lemonade when life hands you a lemon. The book has an introduction written by Jim Eisenreich and a teacher strategies section by Brad Cohen.
tourette syndrome, Inc. newsletter
Spring 2007 - Volume 34 - Number 4
"While some people aspire a lifetime to become writers, Dylan Peters, a fourth-grade student at Brougham Elementary, wasted little time pursuing an interest in writing and getting his work published. Dylan's age and the valuable message he delivers make his work interesting and amazing."
Olathe School District USD
"Dylan has given kids something to talk about. He has done an amazing job of putting the words into kid language. After children read this book, they will better understand Tourette's and what it is like to be a little different. Nice work Dylan, you hit it on the money!"
Author of Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had
February 3, 2007
"Simple, colorful illustrations by Dylan's best friend Zachary Wendland drive home this straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is story... A set of ten successful strategies for working with children with Tourette Syndrome and a list of additional resources round out this highly recommended picturebook for school libraries and for teaching young people everywhere about Tourette Syndrome."
Midwest Book Review
If you know someone that has this problem, give them this book and read it yourself. It’s a winner!
"Tic Talk is an amazing read because a 9-year-old writes about his life with Tourette Syndrome, but his story is relatable to any illness, challenge or child. It is a wonderful class discussion and parent-child read. Baseball player Jim Eisenreich (who also suffers from TS) gives a great forward to the book, and Brad Cohen, author of Front of the Class, offers a few pages of class discussion and resources for teachers.
What Kids Think:
The kids really liked that Dylan was honest and unembarrassed about his struggles. They called Dylan “brave.” They liked the pictures quite a bit and had many questions. It led to a nice discussion about how we are all different and how boring life would be if we were the same! The story was quite inspirational and left everyone feeling positive."
"Dylan Peters has created a marvelous book which tells his story about having Tourette Syndrome and dealing with its challenges. ...Dylan's firsthand account of his experiences conveys information that is meaningful to young students and builds a foundation for understanding and sensitivity."
Brian Lowe, Former Principal,
Brougham Elementary School,
"What a wonderful inspiration for children and parents. This should be a "first" read by all parents and children who receive the diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome. I will share with everyone who walks in the door!"
Becky Ottinger, Executive Director,
Joshua Child and Family Development Center
"...an insightful, entertaining, and educational look at a young child with Tourette Syndrome. This story will open the reader's eyes and heart to what living with this syndrome is like for children and adults. ... Dylan shifts the reader's focus from emphasizing Tourette Syndrome toward the broader focus of coping with a major challenge. ...Bravo, Dylan Peters!"
Susan Newman, Former Second Grade Teacher,
Brougham Elementary School,
"Tic Talk by third grade student Dylan Peters is a wonderful book that can teach people of all ages about the challenges that go along with Tourette Syndrome. This book is not only a reflection of a gifted student writer, but also a deeply personal account of his experiences with the disorder. Dylan mixes humor with reality to create an inspirational story for all."
Laura Orscheln-Smith, Former Counselor,
Brougham Elementary School,
"I found Tic Talk to be quite an inspiring story... Dylan did an amazing job in expressing his emotions in this story, as well as being able to educate any reader that picks up this book. I would feel extremely privileged to have this book on my shelf and be able to share it with my students..."
Carol Barnard-Jones, Library/Media Technician,
Temecula Middle School,
"Dylan has written a remarkable book. He describes his own experience with Tourette Syndrome, conveying a first rate message that will help young children understand this disorder. His insight is meaningful and entertaining. I will share his book with my patients. I compliment Dylan for sharing this information and bringing it to the forefront."
Carlos Monzon, M.D.,
Pediatric Associates of Olathe
"Dylan Peters began playing tackle football for my team in second grade. From day one Dylan showed great courage, determination and the willingness to take on any challenge. Dealing with TS has taught Dylan a lot in his young life. His story will inspire us all to accept both our own uniqueness as well as others and to meet all of the challenges in life head on."
Steve Essex, Football Coach