NJCTS - New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc. - Collaborations and Partnerships for the Tourette Syndrome Community

Wednesday is TS Day!
Wednesday Seminar Series

Wednesday Webinar Series

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April 23, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Tourette and Developmental Disabilities

Presenter: Lawrence W. Brown, MD

Tourette Syndrome is defined solely by the chronic presence of motor and verbal tics. But large epidemiological studies have clearly demonstrated that the presence of other neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders are so common as to be the rule, not the exception. Some like OCD appear to be directly linked genetically, while others are truly co-morbid liken autism, intellectual disability and tics in unique genetic conditions, where disturbed brain networks in the growing child disrupt the same systems affected in primary Tourette Syndrome. Yet others interact in ways not always fully understood such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, sleep problems, etc. this lecture will review the current scientific understanding of the interactions between tics and these developmental disabilities.

May 21, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

OCD in Young Children

Presenter: Joelle McGovern, Psy.D. - University of Pennsylvania

Children as young as four can develop full-blown obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and often exhibit many of the same OCD characteristics typically seen in older kids. Common obsessions among children in the study included fear of contamination and aggressive/catastrophic fears (involving death or harm to themselves or loved ones), and three-quarters reported having multiple obsessions.

June 18, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Creative Applications of Exposure Therapy and Habit Reversal Therapy

Presenter: Hilary Dingfelder, Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania

Exposure therapy is a technique in behavior therapy intended to treat anxiety disorders. It involves the exposure of the patient to the feared object or context without any danger, in order to overcome their anxiety. Technology can be used to supplement treatment (e.g., using the smart phone to send reminders to practice HRT, etc.), as well as other ideas (e.g., how games can be used as exposures, creative ideas for reward plans for treatment, etc.)

July 9, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Sports Related Brain Injury

Presenter: Mark Mintz, MD - The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health

A brain injury typically affects cognitive functioning (mental processes of thinking, reasoning, learning, remembering, problem-solving and creativity). Many children and young adults experience significant psychological stress from their injuries. Dr. Mintz will discuss how help individuals compensate for their weaknesses, to maximize functioning in home, school, work, and community.

Things to DO
Kids
  • Share what it's like to have TS with your best friend
  • Create a cool story about what it's like to have TS and share it with your teachers and classmates... and us!
  • Come to our Camp Bernie weekend in June and make new friends
Parents
  • Join a TS support group (at hospitals throughout the state)
  • Become part of the online TS community for parents and friends
  • Learn more about TS, its symptoms and the TS Community
  • Educate your kid's teachers and school district about TS
  • Educate your friends about TS
  • Sign up for a Webinar
  • Volunteer your time
Educators
  • Sign up for a Workshop
  • Learn more about TS, its symptoms and the TS Community
  • Attend a hospital Grand Rounds session
  • Take a special interest in one special kid with TS
  • Become part of the online TS community for professionals
  • Tell your peers about NJCTS
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What else can we do on Wednesdays?
Tell us a Story about what you did.