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Bullying Prevention & Tourette Syndrome

As in any diagnosis that would set a child apart from their classmate, having a tic or Tourette disorder can, unfortunately, make your child a target for bullying. While that increases the likelihood, unfortunately, bullying can happen to children of all shapes, sizes, and personalities.  Even more complicated, bullying can take place in many forms. …

Ringing in 2018 with Tourette Syndrome

With 2017 coming to an end and the holiday season wrapping up, we look forward to the New Year of 2018 right around the corner. Traditionally during this time, many individuals and families create a New Year’s Resolutions to ring in the New Year with a motivating goal to aim for throughout the year. Recognizing…

#OCDweek for OCD Awareness and Advocacy

Sunday, October 8-October 14, 2017 is the International OCD Foundation Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to promoting unity, awareness, and support for those who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. This week is recognized nationally and promoted within each Center of Excellence. Here are some of the ways that you can follow…

Back to School with Tourette Syndrome

The summer is winding down, back-to-school shopping is inevitable and parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. With the laid-back atmosphere of the summer, it can be difficult for children with Tourette syndrome (TS), as well as their parents to get transition back to the structured setting of school. When tics and the co-occurring conditions…

Research Breakthrough on Genetics and TS

In June of 2017, researchers have located highly genetic risk indicators for Tourette syndrome (TS). A study, funded by the Tourette Association of America (TAA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), was completed which analyzed over 2,400 people with TS and 4,000 people without…

North Central Florida Tourette Syndrome Support Group Awareness Month Activities

May 15-June 15 is designated at the national Tourette Association’s Tourette Awareness Month. During this time, parents, kids, teachers, physicians, EVERYONE is encouraged to support awareness and break the stigma of tic disorders and Tourette syndrome. The North Central Florida Tourette syndrome Support Group participated in several events to promote awareness throughout our community.  Participants…

Tourette Syndrome and Challenging Behaviors in School

Those affected by Tourette syndrome (TS) face a unique set of difficulties at school. In addition to facing the challenges with the motor or vocal tics themselves, the co-occurring conditions that are often associated can make the school environment very challenging.  Often times, students with TS and their families report that they have difficulty with:…

Ringing in 2017 with Tourette Syndrome

“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery.” (1) Sarah Ban Breathnach Setting New Year’s Resolutions is a common tradition that help many people set…

Managing the Holiday Time with Tourette Syndrome

As this time of year approaches, and the shopping, time spent with family, and the extra days off of school or work, it is an exciting time of the year. However, research has shown that this might be a particularly stressful time for both children and adults with Tourette Syndrome(TS) 1.    Some of the reasons…

Backpack Organization Tips for School Success with Tourette Syndrome

Isn’t it fun having to shop for new school supplies with binders, paper, pens and pencils? Starting out with good intentions of keeping an organized locker, desk or backpack is something that we all strive for when we start out the school year.  However, when a student has Tourette syndrome, ADHD and/or executive functioning difficulties…