Just for Dads: A Discussion on Tourette Syndrome and Parenting

Join the Tourette Association for a Zoom live discussion on January 20, 2021 at 7pm ET on being a father to a child, or children, with Tourette Syndrome (TS). This discussion will bring dads in the TS community together to focus on the father’s perspective of supporting children with Tourette Syndrome. Paul Raleigh, Marc F. Schmidt, Ph.D., and Keith Coffman M.D., who have kids with TS within the age range of 5-23, will lead the discussion and share their experiences on navigating fatherhood with children with TS.

If you have a question you’d like to ask ahead of time, please leave it below so the presenters can answer it during the discussion.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Connect with other dads, some who have kids with TS and some who have kids and have TS themselves.
  • Hear stories about living with kids with Tourette Syndrome and have the opportunity to share your story.
  • Gain insight into managing family life with Tourette Syndrome.

Live Discussion Questions

About Keith A. Coffman, MD

Keith A. Coffman, MD, is board certified in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. He works at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the father of three children, two of whom have Tourette Syndrome. He will be speaking only in his role as the father of two children with Tourette.

About Paul Raleigh

Paul Raleigh a Commercial Sales Engineer for Isaac Heating in Rochester, NY. He has always been able to find a way to use his Tourette as a strength. Challenges in life always seem small compared to the challenges he has faced with Tourette. He is a proud father of four children with Tourette Syndrome. Paul calls his wife and best friend, Cheryl a saint for living with and supporting the family. Living in a household full of Tourette has given them resiliency and a gratitude for what is really important. Openly discussing his Tourette with others has helped him deal with his challenges as well as parenting children with Tourette.

About Marc Schmidt

Marc Schmidt is a Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of TAA’s Scientific Advisory Board. Marc has a 23 year-old daughter with Tourette and has been involved in Tourette outreach and education for over a decade. He is particularly interested in exploring the important role that dads can play in helping their kids grow up with Tourette.