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Happy New Year! Looking back on the last decade, we have made significant strides towards greater understanding, awareness and acceptance of Tourette Syndrome and co-occurring conditions. We continue to extend our footprint across the country with more national events including the Funders Breakfast in New York City, new webinars, increased provider education programming and an expanded Centers of Excellence program. 2020 is also monumental as it marks the return of our biennial National Conference.
On March 4, in Washington, D.C., the Tourette Association of America will advocate for the most pressing issues facing the TS community on National Advocacy Day. Youth Ambassadors, TAA staff, volunteers, and community members will head to Capitol Hill to speak with elected officials on policy affecting the community. Youth Ambassadors and a Support Group Leader share their experiences from past Advocacy Day events and what it was like to #Rally4Tourette.
As part of O, The Oprah Magazine’s December 2019 issue featuring women who live with chronic health conditions, Nikki Burdine shared her story and experiences with Tourette Syndrome. "In my case, I’m no longer embarrassed about having Tourette. I just don’t want it to be a distraction from my job or a reason for people to treat me differently. The truth is, everyone is battling something. My struggle is just a little more obvious.” - Nikki
One of the most common co-occurring conditions is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This webinar will discuss the diagnostic criteria for ADHD and how the clinical presentation of ADHD presents from the preschool years to adulthood. It will also cover the co-occurrence of ADHD, tics and related comorbid disorder and the treatment options and issues associated with co-occurring ADHD and tics.
This webinar is suitable for all providers who are interested in working with patients suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It reviews the assessment of OCD as well as evidence-based interventions such as psychoeducation, cognitive strategies, mindfulness, exposure and response prevention. We will focus on the integration of different treatment strategies for the different types of OCD symptoms. The impact of common comorbidities, strategies to address treatment non-adherence to maintain treatment gains will also be discussed.
From all of us at the Tourette Association of America, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year. 2019 was an impactful year, engaging the community with more training, education, events, and other awareness opportunities around the country. We hope to continue to shift public perception and inspire greater acceptance and inclusion for the TS community. This work is only made possible through your support.