What Does It Mean To Have ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental impairment of the brain’s self-management system known as executive functions. This disorder is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed disorders affecting both children and adults. In this webinar, we will delve into what ADHD is, the signs and symptoms, as well as

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Treatment Approaches to Help Manage Bothersome Tics

This webinar will focus on both the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment approaches to bothersome tics, including painful tics. This will include an evidence-based review of Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention For Tics (CBIT), medications (Guanfacine, Topamax, dopamine antagonists), and considerations for botulinum toxin injections for specific tics. Dr. Peter Morrison, DO, received

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 101

This webinar will be covering the basics on what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is and what it is not. We will discuss the mechanisms that maintain OCD, the importance of not giving in to compulsion, and how to cope with the distress that this can cause the individual suffering from

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Understanding Executive Function Concerns in Tourette Syndrome and Related Disorders

Research has shown that low executive functioning skills hamper school performance of children and teens with Tourette Syndrome and related disorders. In this webinar, we will discuss the assessment process and treatment strategies for youth that struggle with executive function. Training methods, including computer-based games, have shown some, but limited potential for impacting

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NJCTS Announces Program of Webinars for Fall 2022

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (NJCTS) has announced their next three webinars featuring topics of interest for parents of children with mental health disorders and other learning or social special needs. September 14: Understanding Executive Function Concerns in Tourette Syndrome and Related Disorders with Richard Gallagher, PhD,

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The Benefits of a Neuropsychological Evaluation

Presented by Cristina Sperrazza, Psy.D. Dr. Cristina Sperrazza, a neuropsychologist, speaks about the benefits of a neuropsychological evaluation. She provides a brief explanation of neuropsychology, an overview of the neuropsychological evaluation process, differences between neuropsychological testing and school evaluations, and possible outcomes after a neuropsychological evaluation (e.g., diagnosis, treatment and

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Understanding and Responding to Sudden Onset Tics in Teens: An overview for individuals, families, schools, and clinicians

Presented by Graham Hartke, Psy.D. Since the start of the pandemic there has been a seemingly sudden surge of teens, majority female, experiencing rapid onset functional tic-like behaviors (FTLBs). FTLBs differ from tics observed in primary tic disorders (i.e. Tourette Syndrome, Persistent Motor or Vocal Tic Disorders, Provisional Tic Disorder),

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IEPs and 504 Plans: Navigating Special Education

Special education attorney Andrew Meltzer will provide a comprehensive overview of special education in New Jersey. He will discuss the structure of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), who is eligible, and how to go about securing an appropriate educational program for your child. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation

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A Neuroplasticity-Based Approach to Tics

Presented by Betsy Stroeber It’s well understood that tic disorders are neurological in nature and usually follow a common developmental course. Most often, this course leads to abatement of symptoms in adulthood, even in relatively severe childhood cases. What’s behind the common course of tic disorders and what if we

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Mental Health in Media: Its Stigma and Stereotypes

Presented by Meg Isbitski, LCSW We will discuss the inaccurate and harmful depictions of mental health in the media. There will be an explanation of how these depictions relate to stigma and perpetuating stereotypes from a personal and societal perspective. Special considerations include different cultural lenses and how this affects

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