OCTOBER

Joining Forces For the Greater Good

This was a month of collaboration as the TAA partnered with like-minded organizations to leverage its message and reach a wider audience with important information and support.  In recognition of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, the TAA’s Tourette Health and Education team hosted an interactive and informative Twitter Chat to along with PACER and Jaylen Arnold – the founder of Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation. This chat addressed bullying in general; provided self advocacy tips for victims of bullying; increased understanding about the role of bullying in anti-harassment laws; and touched upon coping mechanisms for confrontations. (Click here to view all the tweets from this chat.) The following week, on October 13th, we collaborated with the International OCD Foundation on a Twitter Chat that addressed the intersection of TS and OCD.  Together, these Twitter Chats generated more than a million impressions – so we are getting the word out!

And we’re not finished yet, because on October 18th, the TAA is hosting a free webinar about “Co-occurring conditions and TS”  from 7pm-8pm  (EST). We will be discussing challenges facing those with co-occurring conditions; how to approach treatment for these conditions; and common misconceptions about co-occurring conditions. The webinar presenter will be Martin Franklin, PhD, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and Director of Child and Adolescent OCD, Tics, Trichotillomania and Anxiety Groups (COTTAGe) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Franklin serves as a medical advisory board member for the Tourette Association of America. Click here to register or learn more.

Check out our events page to learn about upcoming events. Twitter Chats and our free webinar series hosted by the Tourette Health and Education Program are possible thanks to a grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.