TouretteConnect: August 2016

Dear Friends!
What an exciting summer it’s been! Like everyone else, all of us at the Tourette Association have been following the Olympics with interest. But there’s one athlete we’ve been following particularly closely – Anthony Ervin – who is both a gold medalist and affected by Tourette. We find his story compelling on so many levels as you’ll see below.

This August we’ve also been busy with our Tourette Health and Education programs. We’ve hosted events in California, Kansas City, on the web, and just this past weekend, in Utah. In fact, the program in Utah was offered in coordination with the TAA Center of Excellence at the University of Utah and featured two days of education and training for both doctors and community/family members. August isn’t over yet – check out the events below for webinars and education sessions through the end of the month!

In just a couple of weeks, we are looking forward to our Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in Anaheim, California and our TAA Golf Classic & Dinner in Westchester, NY. And not too long after that, we are looking forward to our New York City Gala honoring the Gnuse Family and Dr. Stanely Fahn.

I hope you find this issue of Tourette Connect to be inspiring and informative. As always, I would like to invite you to become part of the process — whether through membership, a donation, or by participating in a special event. Our work to make life better for all people affected by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders is only made possible by the support of the communities we serve. Please join, donate or register for an event today!

John Miller TC

Go for the GOLD!


As much of the country is gripped in record heat waves, I’ve been enjoying the “heats” of Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin. After all, Ervin is not just a champion swimmer, he is also part of the Tourette Community. (Check out 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Anthony Ervin).

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Botox – It’s Not Just For Wrinkles!


While Botox injections are most notably known for their cosmetic use, they have also been used for medical purposes for several decades. Dr. Katie Kompoliti, M.D. explores the science behind using Botox injection to reduce tic symptoms.

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Busting Back-to-School Stress


Pencils, backpacks, erasers and calculators fill the aisles of just about every store these days. There’s no mistaking that it’s “back to school” time! Going back to school can both be a blessing and a challenge for kids with TS and co-occurring conditions. The predictability of school routines often can be helpful, but the long hours, homework and social situations can also cause stress.

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Getting Involved!


8/17 Webinar: Rage and Impulse Control Issues 7pm EST
8/19 Registration closes for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!!
8/20 Education Workshop on Anxiety & Stress
8/29 Webinar: Going Back to School
9/19 TAA Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club!

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Staff News


We are pleased to welcome Theodore Perdik to the Development team and Joseph Grappone to the Chapter and Support Services team!

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