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december tc
’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking about what I’d like to say to you all this holiday season. To be honest, I’ve struggled to steer clear of being too cliché, too negative, too positive, or too predictable. I’ve struggled with these thoughts because it’s been such an unpredictable time in an uncertain year. When we gathered together in January to plan the year ahead, the TAA team and I could not have imagined a year like 2020. Above anything else, this was a year where our need for one another was highlighted, bold-faced, ENLARGED. We needed to acclimate, pivot, and turn on a dime — that’s something the TAA has done particularly well in the face of COVID-19.
Pixel Noise
A fun online gaming event will take place on Saturday, December 19 to benefit the Tourette Association of America! Pixel Noise will go live at 8am EST and will showcase classic video games that have inspired modern games all day long, ending around midnight. According to Alex Schirling, one of the hosts of Pixel Noise, the group intends to play each game in their entirety while talking about them as well as the aspects of the classic games that are still relevant today.
just for dads
Join us for a Zoom live discussion on January 20, 2021 at 7pm ET on being a father to a kid or kids with Tourette Syndrome (TS). This discussion will bring dads in the TS community together to focus on the father’s perspective of supporting children with Tourette Syndrome. Paul Raleigh, Marc F. Schmidt, Ph.D., and Keith Coffman M.D., who have kids with TS within the age range of 5-23, will lead the discussion and share their experiences on navigating fatherhood with children with TS.
anxiety stress holidays
If you believe the commercials, the holiday season is a bottomless bowl of peace, joy, relaxation, and happiness. Unfortunately, the reality is that for many people the holidays are a source of significant stress, anxiety, worry, and frustration. But this does not have to be the case.
november touretteconnect
“Words matter.” It’s a phrase we hear and use frequently. It’s also something that can be a particularly tricky mine field for those living with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and, more specifically, coprolalia. In October, we shared with you a story out of Indiana where a young man living with TS was asked to leave his college campus as a result of offensive and unnerving phrases he involuntarily uttered. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only incident that has come across my desk in the last few weeks.
sibling forum
Are you a sibling of someone with Tourette Syndrome? If so, come join us on Thursday, November 19 at 7pm EST for a free forum! This forum, led by Dr. Heather Simpson, is open to siblings ages 11-17 who are looking for additional support and would like to meet others who are having some of the same experiences. Learn more about the Tourette Syndrome diagnosis and why your role as a member of your siblings care team is so important!