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Tourette Syndrome Conference in Hampton, Virginia August 16

The Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Washington will host a free one-day conference open to the public on Tourette Syndrome research, treatment and impact on families at the Sentara Careplex Hospital Conference Center on Saturday August 16 from 8:30am to 4pm.

Hampton, VA, July 21, 2014 --( One-day Seminar on Tourette Syndrome Research, Treatment and Impact on Education and Family Life to be held in Hampton on August 16.

The public is invited to attend a free one-day seminar featuring nationally known experts on Tourette Syndrome (TS) to be held on Saturday, August 16 from 9am to 4pm at the Sentara Careplex Hospital conference center. The hospital is located at 3000 Coliseum Drive in Hampton, Virginia. The program is sponsored by the Tourette Syndrome Association/CDC Partnership to raise awareness and understanding of Tourette Syndrome.

The morning session from 9:30am to 12noon is “Tourette Syndrome: New Research, New Treatments” with TS expert Keith A. Coffman, M.D. presenting. Dr. Coffman is Clinical Director of Neurology, Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, and Co-Director of the Tourette Syndrome Clinic at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Coffman is also a member of the National TSA Medical Advisory Board. His presentation will provide an overview of TS, a review of the latest research and promising breakthroughs in the understanding of TS, and will review the latest treatments options available to those living with TS. A question and answer period will follow his presentation.

The afternoon session from 1:00-3:30pm will be “TS in Education and Family Life” with National TSA Education Specialist Kathy Giordano. The program will focus on developing a better understanding of the complex symptoms of TS and how they can result in anxiety and behavior issues. In addition, she will offer strategies and techniques for managing challenging behaviors at school and at home. Ms. Giordano is also the coordinator of the Tourette Education & Support Program at The Advocacy Center in Rochester, NY. She and her husband and son Matt have co-authored a book titled, “A Family’s Quest for Rhythm: Living with Tourette, ADD, OCD and Challenging Behaviors.” A Q&A session will follow her presentation.
Reservations are required to attend this program. Please call 410-867-1151 or email to reserve your seat at this seminar. For more information, visit

About the Tourette Syndrome Association

Founded in 1972, the Tourette Syndrome Association is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field. The mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for, and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome. National TSA offers resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS. Membership includes individuals, families, relatives, and medical and allied health professionals working in the field. Visit for more information.

The Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Washington is a chapter of the National organization serving all of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Among the services provided are information and referrals for the newly diagnosed, support groups, educational in-services, peer presentation to classmates of students with TS, and meetings offering expert speakers on topics important to those living with TS. The chapter website is

For More Information
Contact: Jennifer Heinz, Executive Director, TSA of Greater Washington
Phone: 410-867-1151
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Jennifer Heinz

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