Chance to thank NJ Senator for supporting Tourette Syndrome was invaluable

A few weeks ago, Senator Stephen Sweeney visited the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) to meet a few of the kids and families who benefit from the organization’s resources and tireless efforts. His visit was… Continue Reading


Without support, our son wouldn’t be getting freed from his tics

I was overwhelmed by the well-wishes and show of support from fellow parents of kids with TS who wrote on my last blog. In addition, the insight from those before us who have navigated this winding road of psychiatric care… Continue Reading


A healthy, functioning son is worth more than a mound of medical bills

I am writing in response to the article, “Medical Bills Bankrupt Families of Mentally Ill Children,”  which is a topic poignant to my family at this time.  For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking our mailbox every day, making… Continue Reading


Don’t let a great opportunity pass us all by

Our son, Ethan, turned 12 last week in a residential treatment facility more than 1,000 miles from home.  It’s a hospital in Wisconsin specializing in the treatment of kids with tic disorders and debilitating obsessive compulsive disorder, resistant to the… Continue Reading


ROAD TRIP! We’ve got a busload going to the TS walk — join us!

Last year, when we decided to do the New Jersey Walks For TS event as an extended family on behalf of our son, Ethan, 10, we had two goals in mind: We wanted to raise money for the New Jersey Center for… Continue Reading


Help from mother/son combo made family retreat weekend priceless

Ethan Lederman, at center holding a plastic cup, was wide-eyed with wonder during the habitat nature walk at the 8th annual New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome Family Retreat Weekend at YMCA Camp Bernie. Our family looked forward all year… Continue Reading


Thank you NJCTS for wonderful stories and a wonderful Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day!

Just a quick note to say that these write-ups are truly awesome, and how great to enlist Rutgers to pass them along! TS AWARENESS WEEK: Rutgers students learn about clinical side of Tourette TS AWARENESS DAY: Teen takes pride in Tourette… Continue Reading


Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week: Graduate students get a dose of the reality of TS

TracyL talked about the following with first- and  second-year graduate students at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology as part of the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome’s first annual Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week. I have an… Continue Reading


Letters to Congress about Tourette Syndrome bill ARE read

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share a little note that shows how important it is to support H.R. 3760, the Collaborative Academic Research Efforts for Tourette Syndrome Act of 2011. I posted the following short letter to the POPVOX website… Continue Reading


Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day is about increasing our circle of understanding

My son slipped off a garage step yesterday, tumbled into the recycling bins — scattering cans and plastic bottle tops — and smashed my new cell phone that was in his hand onto the concrete floor. He is fine, the… Continue Reading