NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc. (NJCTS) announces the publication of The Teenage Guide to Living with Tourette Syndrome, an ebook created and developed by the NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy Class of 2016. The ebook is now available for download at standwiththegreats.org/resources.
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is often misunderstood by people who think that tics are controllable, or that TS is just something that means you curse a lot. But the truth is, having TS is much more complicated than that, and it can be difficult to understand, and hard to explain.
The Teenage Guide to Living with Tourette Syndrome is brought to you by the NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy Class of 2016, and offers advice, guidance, tips, and suggestions for dealing with tics, friends, teachers, and others, for all teens living with TS.
This is advice for teens, by teens—“experts” who are offering their best advice of how to handle any situation. The contributors are also representatives of The GreaTS movement which empowers individuals with Tourette Syndrome. The Teenage Guide to Living with Tourette Syndrome upholds The GreaTS mission of breaking down social stigmas, generating awareness, and providing support. Its aim is to provide inspiration and language to help others understand TS. It is a valuable resource providing guidance and support that teens living with TS need.
The GreaTS is a global platform dedicated to breaking down social stigmas, creating awareness, and providing support resources around Tourette Syndrome. The movement was created in partnership with NJCTS and legendary goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 10 and never let it hold him back. It is a call to arms for those with TS to rise above the challenges and embrace their own personal greatness. It empowers individuals with Tourette Syndrome—especially kids and young adults—to develop the confidence, leadership, and self-advocacy skills necessary to overcome their challenges. To learn more about The GreaTS, visit standwiththegreats.org.
Launched in 2014, the NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy is a four-day intensive program for teens who have been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. The Academy provides a positive, respectful, safe, and accepting environment centering on empowerment, self-leadership, advocacy skills, and resilience. Participants receive a toolkit of skills for living life as an individual with Tourette Syndrome allowing them to educate others, be a mentor, an advocate, and a role model. The Academy was created in partnership with Tim Howard and takes place in a state-of-the art facility on Rutgers University’s Busch Campus. Teens living with TS have the unique opportunity to interact with doctors, psychologists, and other experts in the field to learn more about their diagnosis.
For more information about Tourette Syndrome and the services and support offered by NJCTS, contact 908-575-7350 or visit www.njcts.org. To learn more about the Academy, visit njcts.org/teamup. To download The Teenage Guide to Living with Tourette Syndrome, visit standwiththegreats.org/resources.