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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.
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.
At the time of this writing, the CDC recommendation is to cancel or postpone gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The TAA will follow these guidelines and closely monitor updates as they become available. Online and virtual programming will ramp up in the coming days to ensure we remain your best resource during this complicated and confusing time. Please continue to check tourette.org for additional communications and further information. The TAA has closed its physical offices and transitioned to work-from-home through March 27. At that time we will reevaluate best next steps to ensure ongoing mission delivery, the safety of our staff, and the health of the organization. In the meantime, we remain 100% committed to meeting the needs of our community. All managers and staff members of the TAA team are just a phone call or email away. Please visit our staff page to reach staff directly via email with any questions or concerns.
My name is Emily Blattberg. I am 16 years old and I’m in 11th grade. I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 4th grade, but I’ve probably had tics since I was 5 years old. For the longest time, I struggled to accept my diagnosis because of the misconceptions that I had of what TS was and that led me to be in denial. I was afraid of what others would think of me. I was scared and confused about what my life would become.