Medical and Education Professionals Invited
to Join Grand Rounds at Four New Jersey Hospitals
SOMERVILLE, NJ – According to the National Institutes of Health, the occurrence of Tourette Syndrome (TS) in the general population may be as high as 1 in 200—or 28,000 children and youth in New Jersey alone. Unfortunately, many of these individuals are misdiagnosed or non-diagnosed as most healthcare professionals are not adequately trained, and often don’t associate TS with its often accompanying disorders such as obsessive compulsive behavior, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, impulse control, and sleep disorders. What’s more, when TS is undiagnosed and medicines for treating other disorders, such as Ritalin are prescribed, they can often aggravate TS symptoms, making life for the child and his or her family even more frustrating.
Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal (phonic) sounds called tics. TS impacts every facet of a child’s life: physical, social, emotional, and academic.
In conjunction with The Tourette Syndrome Association of NJ, several experts are leading Grand Rounds for the Crisis Intervention Services (CCIS):
Tourette Syndrome and Associated Mental Health Disorders, A Collaborative Approach to Symptom Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment to help healthcare professionals evaluate and identify signs and symptoms of patients with Tourette Syndrome.
November 7 at Trintas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ from 10-1 pm. Speaker Anthony L. Rostain, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania where he serves as Director of Education for the Department of Psychiatry. Driving Directions.
November 9 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Boonton, NJ 9:00-10:30 am. Speaker: Robert A. King, MD, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Medical Director, Tourette’s/OCD Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT. Driving directions.
November 16, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ noon-1:30 pm. Speaker Dr. Cathy Budman, Director of the Movement Disorders Program in Psychiatry, North Shore University Hospital—LIJ Health System. Driving Directions
December 13 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, NJ 9:00-10:30am. Speaker: Dr. Dorothy Grice, UMDNJ. Driving Directions
Family and Pediatric Doctors, School Nurses, Teaching Professionals, and Psychologists are invited to participate in the workshop where they will:
- Evaluate behaviors and determine if Tourette Syndrome is present when patients exhibit behaviors associated with such mental health and behavioral health disorders as anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD, ADD, and school phobia etc.
- Evaluate and examine the need for collaboration among psychiatry, neurology, psychology and social services for treatment of patients with Tourette Syndrome.
- Receive the latest treatment modalities to be able to select and develop the most appropriate treatment approaches for the treatment plan.
- Learn the most frequently used medications (generic names only) for treating Tourette Syndrome and the associated mental and behavioral health disorders.
For more information about this program, or to register, please contact:
Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey, Inc.
50 Division Street • Somerville, New Jersey 08876
Phone 908-575-7350 • Fax 908-575-8699
Web Site: www.tsanj.org • e-mail: NJTSA@aol.com
The mission of TSANJ is to support the needs of families with TS, to advocate for individuals with TS, and to educate the public and professionals about TS. TSANJ has a membership of 2,500 families and medical professionals.