De-Stress your Tourette!

De-Stress Your Tourette!

Join the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the TAA in a 4- week Mindfulness and Theater Improv Program for teens, tweens, and their parents. The workshop series is co- sponsored by the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the TAA and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), funded in part by a grant form the TAA through the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The workshop series offers a fun, supportive 4- session workshop teens and tweens with Tourette Syndrome and their parents/primary caregivers. Each morning, experienced teachers will lead seperate parallell programs for the teens/tweens and their caregivers. For the last half-hour, the programs will meet as one group to enjoy lunch.

Both programs include:

  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Age-appropriate improvisational theater games

The parents’ program will also include presentations on:

  • “The Biology of Tourette Syndrome”
  • “How to Create a Supportive Environment within the School System”
  • “Parenting with Tourettes”


4 Consecutive Sundays: October 20 & 27 and November 3 & 10. Please plan to attend all four.  


9:45 AM to 12:00PM


Colket Translational Research Building, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


$100.00 per person

Meet our Teaching Team:

Bidi McSorley, MD, is an experienced pediatrician specializing in behavioral pediatrics, and an instructor in the Penn Program for Mindfulness. She has developed mindfulness workshops for tweens and teens, and uses mindfulness to help families and children live less-stressed lives.

David O’Connor, MFA, teaches acting and directing at UPenn, and is a former resident director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights. He has created and led improv workshops for stressed young people in partnership with Penn Health System.

Marc Schmidt, PhD, is a neurobiologist, founder of Waffles for Tourette, and the father of an adult daughter with Tourette.

Caroline Packard, JD, de-stresses her own Tourette using improv and mindfulness meditation. A former corporate lawyer and co-author of The Mediator’s Handbook (4th ed.), she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in psychology.


Space is limited—register early! Questions? Contact Marc Schmidt at 215-898-9375 or email [email protected].

Cancellations? $100 fee refunded if you cancel by 10/12; not refunded thereafter.

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