NJCTS Discusses Tourette Syndrome at Centenary College

Abilities Day designed to introduce agencies to educators and students

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NJCTS Volunteer Maddie Pucciarello and Education Outreach Coordinator Gina Maria Jones, MEd (far right) join students and agency representatives at Abilities Day at Centenary College in Hackettstown


HACKETTSTOWN, NJ- Spreading awareness of Tourette Syndrome and providing world-class resources is at the heart of the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome’s mission. This month, NJCTS took part in Abilities Day at Centenary College in Hackettstown.

NJCTS Education Outreach Coordinator Gina Jones, MEd and volunteer Maddie Pucciarello discussed the programs and services of NJCTS with Centenary students, local teachers and school administrators.

“Abilities Day was a wonderful opportunity for us to show students planning to become educators how education outreach provided by NJCTS can help them in their future careers to improve the lives of young students,” said Jones.

During their 15 minute presentation, after Jones shared information about NJCTS,  Pucciarello, a graduate student in public health at Rutgers University,  discussed her experience with Tourette Syndrome and how she became involved with the organization.

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements or sounds known as tics. As many as 1 in 100 school-aged children show signs of TS, which is frequently accompanied by ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety or learning disabilities.

“We are looking forward to returning to Centenary to deliver an in-service presentation for education students on the topic of Tourette Syndrome and its associated disorders,” said Jones.

For more information about Tourette Syndrome, the Center and its Education Outreach Program, please visit www.njcts.org or call 908-575-7350.