The TAA’s 2023 Virtual Teen Summit takes place on August 12th from 12:00-4:00pm ET. Join us for this interactive and informative virtual event for teens ages 12-17. Hear from subject matter experts and people impacted by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders.
12:00-12:15pm – Opening remarks by Amanda Talty, TAA President & CEO, and Session Moderator Introductions
12:15-1:00pm – Beep! Tic! Beep! How to Navigate the Road with Tics
- Description: From passing your driver’s education test to addressing law enforcement, teens will learn the basics of driving, explore what it means to drive with tics, and how to talk to police officers and EMTs about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. Join a driver’s education instructor, an occupational therapist, and a young adult with tics as they walk- or drive- you through this important session.
1:00-1:15pm – Take a break OR join an icebreaker session
1:15-2:00pm – 504s and More: Practicing Self-Advocacy in School
- Description: This session will help teens be informed on their options for support and accommodations in school. We will go over what IEP and 504 plans are, common accommodations used for students with tic disorders, and how to advocate for your accommodations to be met in the classroom.
2:00-2:15pm – Take a break OR join an icebreaker session
2:15-3:00pm – You are More than Your Diagnosis: Finding Power in Who You Are
- Description: When you have Tourette Syndrome, it can feel as though your whole life revolves around your tics. There is SO much more to you than your diagnosis. Being a teen is hard for anyone- you are still trying to navigate your identity and figure everything out, and when you have Tourette Syndrome it may seem almost impossible. This presentation will help you navigate that process.
3:00-3:15pm – Take a break OR join an interactive game session
3:15-4:00pm – Putting the Function in Dysfunction: A Crash Course on Executive Function Deficits
- Description: In this session you will learn about executive function deficits (Executive Dysfunction) and how it can impact you in your daily life. You will learn how to ask for help, recognize your strengths and ways to use them to your advantage. You will also learn how to use organization to aid executive function deficits, decrease stress, increase focus, and become more efficient at school or work.
About Our Virtual Teen Summit Presenters
Shannon Floyd, OTR/L is an occupational therapist who operates a private outpatient telehealth business, Floyd Pediatric Therapy & Intervention for Tic Disorders, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Shannon specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome. Prior to setting her focus on CBIT, Shannon’s previous 17 years of experience specialized in the treatment of children with sensory integration difficulties and developmental delays. She has practiced in a variety of settings including schools and outpatient clinics. In an effort to make occupational therapy services more accessible to students, Shannon developed programs in various settings, such as private schools. Since becoming CBIT certified in 2017, Shannon also developed CBIT programs at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans (Northshore Campus) as well as at an outpatient sensory integration clinic, Pediatric Therapy Northshore, in Mandeville, Louisiana. She is a member of a Tourette Syndrome working group with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The working group serves as a platform for various medical professionals specialized in the treatment of this population, to collaborate on ways to improve the quality of care of the Tourette Syndrome population in Tennessee.
Peter Wegman currently teaches social studies and driver’s education at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY. He holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Rochester and his MA from University of Buffalo in Elementary and Social Studies Education. Peter has a son with Tourette who is soon to be a driver, too.
Eric Ji was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at 9 years old and trained to be a Rising Leader with the TAA in 2023. He is currently a senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology. Outside of school, Eric enjoys spending time with friends, running, and reading.
Wendy Wegman is the Program Lead for Youth, Young Adult and School Education for the Tourette Association of America (TAA). In this role, Wendy leads programs for youth and young adults, including our Youth Ambassador and Rising Leader programs. She co-chairs the Education Advisory Board and leads school professional development that is offered at the TAA under the CDC Cooperative Agreement. Currently, she leads over 80 volunteers that are trained to present for school personnel. Wendy also organizes information and webinars for families to help them understand how to support their child with TS at school. She completed her MA in Education at Mills College and was a teacher for 25 years. Her passion and love for serving the TS community stem from her son’s personal challenges and successes with Tourette Syndrome.
Chayse Hevesi, a high school freshman, has sailed the Tourette Syndrome Ocean ever since her first tic at age six. She has navigated loud, painful and embarrassing tics, years worth of therapy or medication to address them, and the social strain that comes with having an “abnormal” brain. But through trials and tribulations, Chayse has emerged on the other side and now thrives as a 9th grader at Radnor High School. She is a Distinguished Honor Student, tutor, journalist and Tourette Association Youth Ambassador. Middle school was an extremely tough time for Chayse. Her tics worsened, which caused her to feel isolated from her peers. Anxiety began to creep up on her and pose significant obstacles to academic and social success. The strike of the Covid-19 pandemic in grade six was just the cherry on top of the horrible sundae! But through the patience of her family, teachers and close friends, Chayse was able to come out of her shell. Now a rising 10th grader, her goal is to lend a hand to students with Tourette who are about to embark on their high school journeys.
Slayton Cooper is a 17-year-old born and raised in Washington State. He first started having tics at five years old, and was diagnosed at twelve. This diagnosis, as challenging as it has been, has truly changed Slayton’s path and introduced him to a wonderful community full of like-minded go-getters who tic just like him. As comfortable as Slayton is in this community, he still aims to change the way the world incorporates, understands, and treats those with Tourette’s. By touring local schools to speak with and educate students about the reality of Tourette syndrome, founding a non-profit to fundraise for Tourette’s research, and working as a neurodiverse consultant, Slayton aims to help the world embrace and understand those with differences, not hide them.
Dr. Lindsay Vater is a licensed clinical psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University. During her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2017/2018 at Akron Children’s Hospital she began working with the Tic and Tourette Population and was trained in CBIT. She has continued providing TD services in her career as a Pediatric Psychologist in Columbus Ohio through both clinical practice and the supervision and training of psychology trainees interested in treating Tic and Tourette Disorders.
Jeremy W. Didier, LMSW, LMAC is a licensed clinician at the Jordan Psychological Center in Overland Park, KS and is an ICF certified ADHD coach with ImpactParents. Jeremy specializes in assessing and therapeutically treating adults who have ADHD. She is a nationally recognized speaker, a frequent contributor to respected online media outlets, and is a passionate advocate for adults with co-morbid ADHD & substance use disorder. Didier works as a mentor and provides support for justice-involved individuals as they prepare to return to traditional society. Jeremy also participates in a panel of professional women who provide insight and psychoeducation on the under-diagnosis of girls and women with ADHD at the local and state level. She is the group founder and co-coordinator of Kansas City’s award-winning CHADD chapter, ADHDKC; she also sits on the CHADD National Board of Directors. In her spare time, Jeremy is an unapologetic lover of all things Star Wars and Star Trek; her favorite accomplishment is being mom to five fabulous and neurodiverse kids.
Sophie Didier is an award-winning artist, a nationally recognized public speaker, a college athlete (Women’s Lacrosse), and is currently majoring in Environmental Science at Clark University. Sophie is a frequent presenter on the critically important topic of the Under-Diagnosis of Girls and Women with ADHD, and recently appeared on the cover of the best-selling book “Launching Into Young Adulthood with ADHD….Ready or Not!” written by Chris Zeigler Dendy & Ruth Hughes. Sophie is a passionate advocate for Women in STEM, and she thanks her four brothers for allowing her to be the Didier Diva growing up. Sophie identifies as a young adult with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder. She is a champion for the rights of neurodiverse individuals around the world.
Alicia Santiago is a Rising Leader for the Tourette Association born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She is an 18 year old artist who in addition to having Tourette Syndrome also experiences co-occuring conditions from it such as ADHD, OCD, and sleep issues. Alicia is a passionate advocate for disabled people and wants to use her voice to help spread awareness and understanding for the unique challenges and discrimination that disabled individuals face daily and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree to help further her advocacy efforts.