Minnesota Chapter

PO Box 27502 Minneapolis, MN 55427


The Tourette Association of America Minnesota Chapter is a volunteer led, nonprofit organization supporting the needs of individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. We are committed to raising public awareness and fostering social acceptance; advancing scientific understanding, treatment options and care; educating professionals to better serve the needs of children, adults and families challenged by Tourette and Tic Disorders; advocating for public policies and services that promote positive school, work and social environments; Providing help, hope and a supportive community across the nation; and empowering our community to deal with the complexities of this spectrum of disorders.


Support Groups

Support groups provide individuals with Tourette, parents of children with Tourette, as well as friends and relatives an opportunity to:

  • share information and resources;
  • talk about challenges, opportunities, questions and concerns;
  • learn about physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists and other medical providers who are familiar with diagnosing and treating Tourette;
  • exchange ideas about managing Tourette at home, at school or at work
  • meet and connect with other people in the Tourette community
  • develop a support network with people who “get it” and understand your situation.

Twin Cities Support Group!

Newly formed Twin Cities Support Group meet most months near the University of Minnesota. This central location makes it easy for anyone in the Twin Cities to attend. Please check out announcements about specific meeting time and place on our Face book page!

Want to start a new parent support group or PACTS (Parent Advocates for Children with Tourette Syndrome) in your community? We invite people to start their own support groups in your community. If interested and want help getting started, please contact Andrea Bejarano-Robinson at: (612) 759-7112.

Youth Ambassador Program

The TAA Youth Ambassador Program brings together, trains and supports teens to advocate for and talk about Tourette and Tic Disorders in their community, with their elected officials and before their peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops, camps and after-school programs. Learn More

Education In-Service

The TAA conducts in-service presentations around the state with various schools on an as needed basis. It can make a tremendous difference in your child’s academic experience to have the school staff educated about the many facets of TS. Learn More


Lori Swerine, Chapter Chair
Jennifer Barnes-Schwartz, Vice Chair
Brian Swerine, Secretary
Nicky Bohm, Support Group Leader
Nancy Gildin, Board Member
Tate Schoeberlein, Board Member
Frank Rushar, Board Member
Andrea Bejarano-Robinson, Board Member
Todd Mehlhoff, Board Member