The New York/New Jersey Tourette Disorder Educational Awareness Initiative

Please join the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health for a series of webinars held in conjunction with the Tourette Association of America.

February 11 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Improving Executive Functioning Skills in College Students with Tourette’s Disorder

Presenters: Richard Gallagher, PhD, Christopher La Lima, PhD, Rebecca Berry, PhD, Michelle Miller, PhD, Mark Knepley, PhD, & Sol Wahba, PhD

This special educational webinar, which will be held on Thursday, February 11 from 6-8pm EST,  is for college students with Tourette’s Disorder. College can be an incredibly rewarding time of personal and academic growth. In this program, participants are invited to learn about Tourette’s Disorder, and the commonly associated challenges in academic planning and organization. Participants will learn strategies to keep track of assignments, manage associated materials (including internet based/online materials due to virtual learning), effectively manage time and scheduling, and engage in systematic planning for assignments. Participants will also learn practical strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and mood related to Tourette’s Disorder and associated organizational skills difficulties.

One week following the initial webinar, participants will be invited to engage in a 60-minute group offering support among attendees, trouble shooting, and reinforcement of strategies learned. Additionally, participants will get free access to a library of short videos (4-5 minutes) illustrating organizational skills taught in the webinar (e.g., time management, scheduling/planning, etc.) in addition to stress management and relaxation skills. Program content and guidance is based on reviews of recent research and brings together the extensive expertise of faculty members of the Tics, Tourette’s Disorder, and Trichotillomania program, and the Organizational Skills Training Program within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health.

Registration is required, and open and free to the public. For more information, please contact dcap.cofe@nyulangone.org

April 22 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Helping School-Age Youth with Tourette’s Disorder Develop Organizational, Time Management, and Planning Skills

Presenters: Richard Gallagher, PhD, Christopher La Lima, PhD, Rebecca Berry, PhD, Mark Knepley, PhD, & Sol Wahba, PhD

In this program, participants will learn about the relationship between Tourette’s Disorder and ADHD, and gain understanding of the commonly associated challenges in learning, academic planning, and organization. Facilitators will present strategies to guide students in improving assignment tracking, managing associated materials (including internet based/online materials due to virtual learning), effectively managing time and scheduling, and engage in systematic planning for assignments. Practical strategies for students to manage stress, anxiety, and mood related to Tourette’s Disorder and associated organizational skills difficulties will also be reviewed.

Additionally, participants will get free access to a library of short videos (4-5 minutes) illustrating organizational skills taught in the webinar (e.g., time management, scheduling/planning, etc.) in addition to stress management and relaxation skills. Program content and guidance is based on reviews of recent research and brings together the extensive expertise of faculty members of the Tics, Tourette’s Disorder, and Trichotillomania program, and the Organizational Skills Training Program within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health.

June 10 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Virtual Clinical Training for Mental Health Providers: Introduction to OST for Students with Tourette’s Disorder and ADHD

Presenters: Richard Gallagher, PhD, Chris LaLima, PhD, Rebecca Berry, PhD, Sol Wahba, PhD, and Mark Knepley, PhD

Join faculty from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Tourette Center of Excellence at NYU Langone Health to learn the foundations of Organizational Skills Training (Gallagher, Spira, & Abikoff, 2014) addressing organizational, time management, and planning difficulties in youth. We will review strategies for enhancing student motivation and executive functioning, including tracking home and school projects and assignments, managing time and materials, and engaging in planning for home projects and school tests, papers, and presentations.

Additionally, participants will receive free access to an online video library illustrating organizational skills taught in the webinar (e.g., time management, scheduling/planning, etc.). *Licensed psychologists will earn two continuing education credits at no cost*