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Tourette's Syndrome in Teens

Tourette's Syndrome is a disorder that has an onset in childhood, characterized by physical and vocal tics. It is named after Georges Gilles de la Tourette a French neuropsychiatrist who was an expert on epilepsy in the late 19th century and first described the disorder in 1885. Symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome are said to peak in the teen years and get better in adulthood. Learn more about Tourette's Syndrome in teens using the resources we've collected below.

Parenting Teens Quiz- Does Your Teen Have Tourette's Syndrome?
Tourette's Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal 'tics' that begin between the ages of 5-18. Learn more about the signs and symptoms and find out if your teen could have Tourette's Syndrome.

Tourette's Syndrome in Teens
Tourette's Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and verbal 'tics' that begin between the ages of 5-18.Contrary to the way this disorder is often portrayed in the media the involuntary use of obscene words or gestures is uncommon with this disorder. Having Tourette’s may make a teen feel different and...

Focus Adolescent Services: Tourette Syndrome
"Most patients experience peak tic severity in their Tourette's Syndrome before the mid-teen years with improvement for the majority of patients in the late teen years and early adulthood. Approximately 10 percent of those affected have a progressive or disabling course that lasts into adulthood."

Taking on Tourette: Families Reveal Their Personal Struggles
Article from ABC News about a camp for kids and teens with TS. "Because all of the campers suffer from Tourette syndrome, a lifelong neurobiological disorder characterized by involuntary vocal and motor symptoms called tics. The National Institutes of Health estimates that one in 1,000 American children suffers from the disorder."

Tourette's Syndrome and Teens PDF Printable
Wonderful round up of TS information and resources that you can print out and use.

What is the best educational setting for children with TS?
"Although students with TS often function well in the regular classroom, ADHD, learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and frequent tics can greatly interfere with academic performance or social adjustment." "Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet," NINDS. Publication date April 2005.

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