It is with great sadness that we share the loss of Ellen Meyers. Ellen’s involvement with the Tourette Association of America spans over 20 years. As a parent of an adult son with Tourette Syndrome and her background in education, Ellen has been an invaluable resource for the Tourette community. Her life’s work was dedicated to education and empowering youth.  Ellen was a dedicated member of the TAA Education Committee and the TAA Education Advisory Board. She was a tireless champion, advocate and role model for the community, touching the lives of so many.

Here is a collection of videos lead by Ellen from our YouTube channel that illustrate her invaluable work.

Ellen Meyers

An introduction of her background and message from Ellen Meyers.

See Your Child First

TAA Education Advisory Board member Ellen Meyers talks about the importance of seeing your child first — and his or her Tourette Syndrome second. Key takeaways for this video are: A child with TS is a child first; the importance of instilling self esteem; and your child’s mental health is more important than his or her grades.

Advice on preparing for College for young adults with Tourette

TAA Education Advisory Board Members Ellen Meyers discusses preparing for college for young adults with Tourette Syndrome. She offers 3 key points to consider: students in college are responsible for their own behavior in college; college students with disabilities need to self advocate; and information sharing with college can be a challenge as students in college are over 18.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom

Ellen Meyers, M.S., M.Ed., Tourette Association Education Committee Member talks about how ADHD impacts a significant number of students with Tourette Syndrome and how it can have a major impact on a child’s academic performance. Strategies are discussed to assist students with this common related disorder in this clip taken from the DVD, “Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom, School and Community,” available through the Tourette Association.

The Student Experience with Tourette Syndrome

Ellen Meyers, M.S., M.Ed., Tourette Association Education Committee member, discusses an interactive exercise which has been proven to sensitize individuals to the difficulties students face on a daily basis. A 4 minute clip from the Emmy winning “I Have Tourette’s but Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me” in which students discuss their experience living with TS symptoms provides first-hand knowledge of how symptoms impact their lives.

The Role of the School Nurse for Students with Tourette Syndrome

Ellen Meyers, M.S., M.Ed, member of the Tourette Association Education Committee, talks about the role of the school nurse for students with Tourette, taken from the DVD, “Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom, School and Community” available from the Tourette Association. Ellen advises school nurses how they can help/problem solve when a student with Tourette comes to their office as well as how to help the student release stress and ways to avoid the stress around them.