Sibling Support Forum

Are you a sibling of someone with Tourette Syndrome?  A forum led by Dr. Heather Simpson for siblings ages 11-17 helped those looking for additional support. Participants met with others who are having some of the same experiences. View the video below to learn more about the Tourette Syndrome diagnosis and why your role as a member of your siblings care team is so important!

Key Takeaways:

  1. Participants will meet others who have siblings with TS.
  2. Participants will learn more about a Tourette Syndrome diagnosis and what that means for them as a sibling.
  3. Participants will connect with others who have had similar experiences and gain some tools to support themselves and their siblings.
  4. Participants will leave the forum feeling more supported and in control of their own journey.
Heather Simpson Head Shot

About Heather Simpson

Heather Simpson, OTD, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Florida, UF Health Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases in Gainesville, Florida. Heather serves as the Tourette Association Centers of Excellence Coordinator for the Institute. Dr. Simpson has a pediatric specialty from the American Occupational Therapy Association and has been treating both adults and children with tic & Tourette Disorders since 2012. Her current focus is in Occupational Therapy management for tic disorders, as well as use of CBIT to treat tics and improve quality of life. She has participated in multiple small research studies and multiple webinars related to occupational and daily life functioning for those living with Tic Disorders. Dr. Simpson has been allotted opportunities for advocation and training to Occupational Therapists, as well as other allied health professionals in management of Tic Disorders, including a chapter in 10 Secrets to a Happier Life with Tourette Syndrome. She currently serves on the TS-BTI faculty for CBIT, helping train allied health professionals in management of tic disorders around the country.