NJCTS Newletter – March 2011

Spring is a busy time for NJCTS, it’s a time for us to get together and recognize the best in the TS community- our students, our teachers and our health care professionals. Please note that applications for the NJCTS Scholarship, Educator of the Year and Healthcare Professional of the Year award are due by the extended deadline of April 15th . Contact Kelley Teabo with questions at 908-575-7350. Go to www.njcts.org/scholarships.php for application and nomination forms.

NJCTS Scholarship Award Once again, NJCTS is offering a scholarship to a college-or-trade school-bound New Jersey high school senior with Tourette Syndrome. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic record, recommendations, an essay and, if appropriate, talents as demonstrated by means of an audiotape/CD/videotape/DVD. The purpose of the award is to recognize a student with TS and their accomplishments despite the disorder and to encourage his/her continued education.

NJCTS Educator of the Year Award Does your child have a teacher, guidance counselor, administrator or other education professional who has gone above and beyond to learn about TS? Advocates to break TS stigma? Or is just a kind and helpful leader? NJCTS Healthcare Professional of the Year Award This honor goes to a healthcare professional who has made a significant difference in the life of a child with TS. This includes doctors, nurses, psychologists and other clinicians.

Family Retreat at Camp Bernie- June 4 & 5th . Space is limited, go to njcts.org, download a camp registration form and send it back to the office as soon as you can. If you do not have access to a computer, please call NJCTS at 908-575-7350 for registration information.

If you haven’t already connected with our support groups, please consider visiting with one in your area. Topics of discussion are always relevant to life with a child or teen with Tourette Syndrome and sometimes we welcome guest speakers.

Atlantic/Cape May County Family Support Group

7 p.m. (April 4th & June 2nd) AtlantiCare Medical Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, NJ 08240

Burlington/Camden County Family Support Group

7:30 p.m. (April 4th & June 6th) Virtua (West Jersey) Hospital, 101 Carnie Boulevard, Voorhees, NJ 08043

Middlesex/Union County Family Support Group

7:30 p.m. (May 10th) JFK Hospital Neuroscience Institute, 65 James Street, Edison, NJ 08820

Somerset/Hunterdon County Family Support Group

7 p.m. (March 28 & May 23) Somerset Medical Center, 110 Rehill Ave., Somerville NJ 08876 NOTE: March 28th – NJCTS welcomes the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) to discuss the rights of youth with special needs in the juvenile justice system.

Morris/Sussex County Family Support Group

7 p.m. (April 7th & June 2nd) St. Clare’s Hospital, 25 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ 07834

“Understanding Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders” NJCTS College Workshops Our workshops, in partnership with colleges across the state, are designed to offer strategies for educators to create a learning environment that supports the social/emotional and intellectual development of all students. Insights shared regarding the nature of TS, OCD, ADHD and other co-occurring disorders outside the classroom will help educators gain an understanding of the whole child and develop a partnership with parents. To register for a class please contact the individual college. 04/09/11

  • Bergen Community College – 10:00am – 1:00pm – Course SD7589 04/12/11
  • Warren County Community College – 6:00pm – 9:00pm- Course EDU682A2 08/23/11
  • Ocean County College – 9:00am – 12:00pm- Course SHRED 107-01

Team Up With Tim Howard- You can win two tickets (from Newark International Airport) to the U.K. to catch an Everton match and have dinner afterword with Tim Howard. Details on the “Team Up with Tim Howard” raffle are available on njcts.org or by calling 908-575-7350. Your chance to buy tickets ends soon, purchase today!