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Day: March 18, 2020

My name is Olivia Woodrich and I am a Rising Leader for the Tourette Association of America. I consider myself a powerful advocate thanks to the training and tools I have received from the TAA, however nothing could have prepared me for what I’d experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With help from the TAA I have been equipped with the tools I need to confidently educate those around me about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. In my role as Miss Route 66, representing the state of Oklahoma, I have spoken to packed auditoriums and appeared in the news, but I wasn’t prepared for all the stares and angry looks because of my coughing tic.
During these uncertain times, you may notice that Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder symptoms may intensify, as well as the co-occurring conditions like ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression and more. Children in particular may have difficulty understanding what is going on, and may have trouble expressing their feelings. Here are resources that can support the community.