COVID-19 Resources for Tourette Syndrome

During these uncertain times, the Tourette Association of America remains committed to providing support to the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community, as well as those impacted by co-occurring conditions like ADHDOCDAnxietyDepression and more. 

New Videos and Upcoming Webinars:

Providing CBIT via Telehealth

Dr. Matthew Capriotti and Dr. Christine Conelea, two CBIT experts, provided a discussion and demonstration on the keys to providing thoughtful, high-quality CBIT treatment to clients via telehealth.

TS and Mental Health Amid the Coronavirus Spread

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, addressed COVID-19 as it relates to the Tourette and Tic Disorder community

Navigating Changes from COVID-19

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, 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.

Tips for Teaching When You Aren’t a Teacher

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday, April 9 at 4 p.m. Among the many changes to our daily lives, the loss of regular school structures often feels like the largest. Whether your child’s school is calling it distance learning, online learning, or continuous learning, the bottom line is: you are now your child’s primary teacher. For those without a degree in teaching, this can feel overwhelming.

Resources:

ID Card

The helpful ID card, available in English and Spanish, has been updated to support the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support for Families Amidst Uncertain Times

During these uncertain times, you may notice that symptoms may intensify, as well as the co-occurring conditions. Children in particular may have difficulty understanding what is going on, and may have trouble expressing their feelings.

Being a Nurse With Tics During a Pandemic

I am a nurse. I also have TS. 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.

Providing Support In Crisis

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.

Common Questions from Patients and Families

Dr. Michael Okun provides a comprehensive review on Tourette Syndrome and Coronavirus, including common questions and answers for patients and family members.

Dealing with TS During COVID-19

If you have Tourette Syndrome, you are probably seeing worsening OCD during this coronavirus pandemic and it’s important to reach out for help. Social distancing is already stressful to your mental health and people with tics may isolate even more.

Coping with Anxiety and Stress

During these stressful times, individuals with Tourette Syndrome and co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety and OCD, may have heightened symptoms while at home. Britney Wolf shares coping techniques that are helpful for her, including activities that help calm down and soothe her ticcing.

Understanding Tics During the COVID-19 Outbreak

With increased cases of COVID-19, the pandemic has created a unique concern, especially for members of the TS community with coughing tics.