National Experts to Advise Professionals on Identifying Signs, Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome

Medical, Mental Health and Education Professionals Invited to Join
Grand Rounds at Three New Jersey Hospitals


According to the National Institutes of Health, the occurrence of Tourette Syndrome (TS) in the general population may be as high as 1 in 200— or 28,000 children and youth in New Jersey alone. Unfortunately, many of these individuals are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed as most healthcare professionals are not adequately trained, and often don’t associate TS with it’s accompanying disorders such as obsessive compulsive behavior, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, impulse control, and sleep disorders. What’s more, when TS is undiagnosed and medications for treating other disorders are prescribed, TS symptoms are often aggravated, making life for the child and his family even more difficult.


Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal (phonic) sounds called tics. TS impacts every facet of a child’s life: physical, social, emotional, and academic.


In conjunction with The Tourette Syndrome Association of NJ, several experts are leading Grand Rounds at area hospitals for providers of mental health services for children, adolescents and their families:



Tourette Syndrome and Associated Mental Health Disorders, A Collaborative Approach to Symptom Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment to help healthcare professionals evaluate, identify and treat signs and symptoms of Tourette Syndrome in children and adolescents.



November 7 at Trintas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Speaker Anthony L. Rostain, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania where he serves as Director of Education for the Department of Psychiatry.

November 16 at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ 12:00-1:30 pm. Speaker Dr. Cathy Budman, Director of the Movement Disorders Program in Psychiatry, North Shore University Hospital – Long Island Jewish Hospital Health System

December 13 at St. Mary Hospital in Hoboken, NJ 9:00-10:30 am. Speaker: Dr. Dorothy Grice, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark. Dr. Grice leads the clinical program for the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS).


Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Social Workers and other Mental Health and Educational Professionals involved in the treatment and care of children and adolescents are invited to attend the sessions. They will be taught to:

  • Evaluate behaviors and determine if Tourette Syndrome is present when children/adolescents exhibit behaviors associated with mental health and behavioral disorders as anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD, ADD, and school phobia etc.
  • Evaluate and examine the need for collaboration among psychiatry, neurology, psychology and social services for treatment of Tourette Syndrome.
  • Review the latest treatment modalities and be able to select and develop the most appropriate treatment approaches for the treatment plan.
  • Learn the most frequently used medications (generic names only) for treating Tourette Syndrome and the associated mental and behavioral health disorders.

For more information about this program, or to register, please contact the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey, Inc at 908 575 7350. Website:wwww.tsanj.org.