NJCTS Presents Workshop for Teachers on Understanding Tourette Syndrome on September 25th

New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome offers teachers and other education professionals strategies on identifying the signs of Tourette Syndrome and helping children with TS coping skills.

Somerville, NJ, September 14, 2008 --(PR.com)-- New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, working in partnership with Mercer County College, will present “Understanding Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders: A Workshop for Educators” on the West Windsor campus.

The Workshops will be facilitated by Cheryl Ludwig, MA, CCC-SLP a speech language therapist with 33 years of educational experience.

Thursday, September 25th
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Mercer County College, West Windsor campus
$35.00 – register at www.mccc.edu
Workshop code: XCP262

The workshop is designed to introduce educators to Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders with an emphasis on school-related issues. The criteria for diagnosis/clinical assessment will be explained to help teachers begin to understand the behavior of some children. The workshop will enable educators to recognize students’ difficulties, strengths, and potential. Interventions and modifications for behavior will also be addressed. Professional development hours will be offered for participation in the workshop.

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is an inherited neurological disorder that is manifested in involuntary physical and vocal tics. Symptoms generally appear before an individual is 18 years old. TS affects people of all ethnic groups with males affected 3 to 4 times more frequently than females.

It is estimated that 200,000 Americans have full blown TS and that as many as 1 in 200 show a partial expression of the disorder. There is no cure for TS.

The mission of NJCTS is to support the needs of families with TS, to advocate for individuals with TS, and to educate the public and professionals on TS. NJCTS has a membership of 2,500 families and medical professionals.

Currently NJCTS operates ten support groups at regional medical centers across New Jersey; conducts awareness training for teachers, school nurses, students and community leaders; manages a TS help line for disseminating information about TS to parents, teachers, doctors, and others; and works with Rutgers University at the nation’s only student clinician TS clinic, developing support programs and treatments for families dealing with TS.

Contact: Kelley Teabo

New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome
Nicole Greco