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Month: March 2020

Among the many changes to our daily lives, the loss of regular school structures often feels like the largest. Whether your child’s school is calling it distance learning, online learning, or continuous learning, the bottom line is: you are now your child’s primary teacher. For those without a degree in teaching, this can feel overwhelming. Let us provide you some tips that will help you to prioritize, schedule, and gain perspective to make this experience positive for you and your child.
I remember it like it was yesterday, though in fact it was 25 years ago. I was a 5-year-old kid enjoying life and all of a sudden I am having these uncontrollable feelings inside me, forcing me to jump in the air and while doing so twitch my neck into my right shoulder. I remember it being painful and I honestly had no clue what was going on.
Join Kate Mielitz Ph.D., AFC®, the working professional mom of Kaden from Raising Tourettes and Wendy Wegman, Education Specialist at the Tourette Association of America, as they discuss how to navigate the changes caused by COVID-19 and the importance of practicing communication as it relates to the Tourette and Tic Community. Doing right or doing wrong, we’re all in this together.
Please join Brian Lane, M.A.E., School Administrator, Behavior Specialist and Tourette Association of America (TAA) Education Advisory Board and Diversity Committee Member and Katie Allensworth, Registered Nurse and TAA Rising Leader, for a live discussion on Thursday, March 26 at 3 p.m. addressing COVID-19 as it relates to the Tourette and Tic Disorder community.
The education and training of future mental health providers is essential in improving the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of people with tics and Tourette Disorder. In this program, graduate students in psychology, social work, and mental health counseling are invited to learn about the etiology, presentation, and symptoms of Tourette Disorder, and the associated emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.
I am a nurse. I also have Tourette Syndrome. During the Coronavirus pandemic it’s been challenging to manage the two. I wish I could say that it was the same as every other day, but the reality is my work and tics are impacted by the coronavirus and my tics impact my work. Whether I’m about home or at work, I have unsettling anxiety about what’s going to happen in the coming days and weeks.
Dr. Matthew Capriotti and Dr. Christine Conelea discussed and demonstrated the key to providing thoughtful, high-quality CBIT treatment to clients via telehealth. In addition, they provided an overview on teletherapy basics, with specific considerations for providing teletherapy in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. They also demonstrated how to implement CBIT effectively over videoconferencing, commenting on specific adaptations and considerations for telehealth.