TouretteConnect – January Issue

A new year carries the hope of a fresh start and renewed commitment to live better lives and reconnect with friends and family. As we head into 2017, all of us at the Tourette Association of America (TAA) are determined to do just the same – grow and strengthen connections with each of you. After all, your involvement in the TAA means being part of a family set out to make life better for people with Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders.

Thanks to donors like you, the TAA has been able to make tangible differences in peoples’ lives. We are proud to:
• Provide one-on-one support to thousands of people calling for help in finding doctors, treatment options, and local resources to help manage TS.
• Personally facilitate Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans to help kids with Tourette and co-occurring conditions succeed in school.
• Establish groups around the country that provide families and individuals with a community of local support and information for dealing with the daily challenges of TS.
These are just some of the things we do to support the TS community every day. But none of these meaningful resources and services would be possible without the contributions of our friends and community.

As you look ahead to fulfill your own New Year’s resolutions, we hope you will choose the Tourette Association as your charity of choice. Please give today at

P.S. Starting in March, we will be kicking off our 45th Anniversary celebration! Please look out for announcements on our website at

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To the Mom/Dad of the Kid who has Tourette Syndrome


Raising a child can be a struggle in itself. Raising a child with Tourette Syndrome poses its own unique set of challenges. It can be exhausting and leave you feeling alone. From scheduling appointments with various doctors and medical professionals, to explaining Tourette Syndrome to friends and family, the TAA is here to help you every step of the way. Click below to read this month’s featured story of how one mom learned to embrace the challenges and face Tourette Syndrome head on.

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Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute


Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is a safe and effective treatment for Tourette and Tic Disorders. One challenge facing CBIT is that it requires specialized training and there are not enough providers. The TAA’s behavioral Training Institute (BTI) was established as a way to increase the number and availability of providers trained in this treatment.

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Starting a New Year with Health, School and Home supports


Did you know that 60 to 80 percent of children with Tourette Syndrome have ADHD? These two conditions frequently co-occur, which compounds the issues children face with medical treatment, school and home supports.

The Tourette Association teamed up with CHADD – The National Resource on ADHD to host a panel of experts offering tips to help you start the New Year in the best possible way. The webinar highlighted the top five things to talk to your doctor about, specific issues to discuss with your child’s school, and ways to support your child at home.

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• #TouretteChat: Starting a New Year with Health, School and Home supports Webinar Recap

• NYC Event: February 13, 2017 – A Panel on Relationships and Dating with Tourette
• February 14, 2017: #TouretteChat: Relationships and Dating

Save the Date
National Awareness Walk !: Sunday, May 21st!

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