Children and Tourette Syndrome
Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome tend to emerge between the ages of 5-7 years and often increase in frequency and severity between the ages of 8-12 years. In addition to the medical and behavioral challenges that come hand-in-hand with TS, children also face challenging social and educational situations, which can be stressful. Please review the resources below to find guidance and support. As always, if you need help, please contact us here.
What is Tourette Syndrome?
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence.
It is part of the spectrum of Tic Disorders and is characterized by motor and vocal tics. The current estimates are that 1 out of every 50 children has TS or another persistent Tic Disorder.
This comprehensive guide is an excellent resource for children aged 7-12, explaining what Tourette Syndrome is and how it might impact them at school. It also offers empowering advice and entertaining games.
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Become a Jr. Youth Ambassador
Inspired by our Youth Ambassador Program, the Junior Ambassador Program trains children (7-11) with Tourette Syndrome or other Tic Disorders on self-advocacy, providing support against bullying, addressing misunderstandings, and emphasizing community service.
Get Your 'I Have TS' ID Card
The stigma around TS and Tic Disorders often stems from misunderstandings. These cards help clarify its effects, especially useful in high-stress situations like traveling or crowded places.
The Kids’ Corner features interactive resources for children to help educate the public about Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders. The Tourette Association of America, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), created these materials to provide comprehensive information about specific topics related to children:
Comic Book Series!
Exploring Tourette Syndrome: Facing Challenges is a new series of comic books for children in different public situations. The first three comic books focus on exploring situations at home, in school, and at the mall.
Download these fun games to learn about all things tic related.
Tourette is part of who I am, but it doesn't define me.
TS in the Classroom
Strategies & Techniques
Discover key strategies for managing Tourette Syndrome or Tic Disorders in classrooms. Knowledge and understanding pave the way for a supportive educational atmosphere.
Standing up for yourself: Explaining Tourette at School
Learn how to discuss Tourette Syndrome with classmates and teachers. This section includes effective communication techniques and a classroom activity.
Bullying Prevention & Strategies
Harness new and effective strategies adopted by schools to combat bullying. Grasp the significance of educating students about Tourette as a proactive measure against bullying.
Parents: Get Support for Your Child
A Guide for Patients and Families (Toolkit)
An introductory guide for families with a new Tourette Syndrome or Tic Disorder diagnosis, offering insights into various aspects of living with these conditions.
What is Tourette Syndrome (Toolkit)
Download this brochure for a concise overview of Tourette Syndrome, covering symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and related conditions.
Emotional Overload: Understanding Non-Tic Related Behaviors (Toolkit)
Delve into this toolkit to understand emotional challenges in TS or Tic Disorders and discover effective coping strategies.
What is CBIT (Toolkit)
Dive into this toolkit to grasp the essentials of CBIT, a pivotal therapy for minimizing the impact of tics in those with Tourette Syndrome or Tic Disorders.