NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome was invited to present to faculty and Psychology Club
Haddon Township, NJ- Faculty members of Haddon Township High School and student members of the school’s Psychology Club devoted time on February 2nd to learn about Tourette Syndrome.
Known also as TS, Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by uncontrollable sounds and movements known as tics. Even though as many as 1 in 100 Americans show symptoms of the disorder, it’s still frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood.
The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders Education Outreach Program offers school in-service presentations for faculty and students. For educators, the focus is on identifying and accommodating students with TS and its co-occurring disorders including ADHD, obsessivecompulsive disorder, depression and anxiety. Students are given a lesson in acceptance, anti-bullying and empowerment.
NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice is grateful for the invitations to present at schools throughout the state. “Awareness and training go a long way in creating understanding of Tourette Syndrome and compassion for those who are living with it,” she said.
“Even if a teacher or classmate hasn’t met a student with TS yet, chances are likely that they soon will,” said Rice, “Our presentations are taking away the stigma of this disorder, and by doing we’re making schools a safer place for kids with TS and other neurological disorders.”
NJCTS School In-service presentations are delivered by master’s level educators with (often personal) experience assisting students with Tourette Syndrome. For more information about the Education Outreach Program, or how to arrange a presentation for your school or club, visit njcts.org or call 908- 575-7350.