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Derik’s TS Story

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.

Doing Right or Doing Wrong, We’re All in This Together

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.

Dealing With TS and Mental Health Amid the Coronavirus Spread

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.

Free Webinar: International Exchange and Tourette Syndrome

Join the Tourette Association for a webinar on April 7 at 7 pm where Mobility International USA staff will discuss helpful tips on how students with Tourette Syndrome can successfully study and intern abroad; including academic accommodations, insurance, medications, and tips on how to prepare for flights.

Free Webinar: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Assessing and Treating Tics

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.

Being a Nurse With Tics During a Pandemic

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.

Providing CBIT via Telehealth: Considerations, Tips, and Tricks Webinar

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.

Understanding Tics During the COVID-19 Outbreak

With increased cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the pandemic has created a unique concern, especially for members of the Tourette community with coughing tics and caregivers on how they can educate someone on the difference between a tic and an illness.

Providing Support In Crisis & Beyond – Olivia’s Story

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.