In 2008, the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) launched its monthly Wednesday Webinar series, which draws an audience from 48 states and nearly 20 countries. The series, offered at no cost to participants, features online seminars for parents, educators and professionals on topics of interest to worldwide members of the TS and associated disorders communities.
Its next webinars are on February 27 and May 8. The February 27 webinar, titled “Food Choices: How Do They Affect Our Performance?” will be presented by Certified Nutrition Consultant Stephanie Goodman, while the May 8 webinar, titled “Medication Management for Tics and Tourette Syndrome,” will be facilitated by Dr. Mark Mintz.
These webinars are EXCELLENT and are among the best 60 minutes you can spend educating yourself about TS, associated disorders and the myriad things that go along with such diagnoses. But don’t take our word for it. Check out what some people said about NJCTS’ slew of webinars in 2012:
Martha Brecher, on the Emotion Regulation: Strategies for Children and Adolescents Experiencing Irritability and Difficulties Managing Their Emotions webinar: “I thought this webinar was excellent. I really enjoyed it. I have a 19-year-old, and some of these ideas will be useful with him. I also work with a number of families with whom I plan to share these resources!”
Alicia Somers, on the OCD in Children and Adolescents: Guidelines for Parents and Educators webinar: “Additional resources (like webinars) are helpful to remain current as educators. We are lifelong learners, and being aware of issues will help best met the needs of students in my care due to the ever-changing society we live in. These webinars are a wonderful way to stay connected.”
Patricia Ardito, on the Managing Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom webinar: “Tonight, you included tangible accommodations for specific behaviors – timed tests, prefered seating, breaks, etc. Most teachers truly want to help and don’t know how, so we need some good modeling of creative techniques! We need MORE of (these webinars) if we are truly going to support these kids.”
Tracy Berner, on the Educational Rights, Part 2: Denial of Services and Discipline Issues webinar: “I would love to hear more about the impact of the TS/OCD combo! My son gets obsessive about justice, so school rules (and their inconsistencies) result in a very good, ‘law-abiding’ student TESTING every rule, stressing about every rule, possible consequences and worrying terribly about being able to fulfill the necessary behaviors in order to gain positive rewards. Thank you for every moment that you spend helping our children! Your impact is huge!”
Dale Lohmann, on the Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age Of Instant Everything webinar: “This webinar was very enlightening to help open up the minds of the faculty to be more aware of the impact of technology on the students today especially in the influence it has on gratification in class, how the teacher needs to be more tuned and responsive to the perceptions of the students as it relates to how their day to day activities and how to work with the parents to have some control over the use of technology by their children.”