Browse Virtual Conference sessions, by category, below. To begin your registration, please click here. Many sessions have a limited capacity to ensure greater connectivity and engagement, so reserve your spot today! Continuing education credits are available for education and healthcare professionals at an additional fee. Click here for the complete list of accredited sessions and descriptions. 

Please note: All sessions are subject to change.

KEY NOTE SPEAKER

Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 AM EST | Register

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings.  He is the originator of the model of care described in those books, now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on the CPS model. He has appeared in a wide range of media, including The Oprah Show, Good Morning America, The Morning Show, National Public Radio, Mother Jones magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. Dr. Greene lectures and consults widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.

Behavior Specialist

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings.

 

Adult programs

 

The Present and Future of Therapeutics in TS

Presented by Joohi Jimenez-Sahed, MD, Irene Malaty, MD, Rebecca Lehman, MD |  Friday, May 14 at 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

In this workshop, Drs. Jimenez-Shahed, Malaty, and Lehman will review the established treatment spectrum for tics in TS, will explore investigational treatments that are in the pipeline for treating tics, and will provide an update on the current status of cannabinoids and surgical treatments for TS. 

Self Esteem - My Life With Tourettes

Presented by Paul Devore  | Friday, May 14 at 7:00 PM EST | Register

Paul Devore, a successful adult with TS and TAA Board Member, leads this interactive session sharing his history with Tourette and the way he has maintained his self esteem through it.

Let’s Put the Tics in TikTok: How to be a TS Advocate in the Digital Age

Presented by Christine Conelea, Ph.D. L.P., Ben Brown, Thomas White, Chloe Winston  |  Saturday, May 15 at 3:00 PM EST | Register

Calling all aspiring and active TS advocates! TS advocacy goals are to raise public awareness, spread accurate information, and change systems or laws to benefit the TS community. This presentation focuses on using digital platforms--like social media--to boost the impact and reach of TS advocacy. You will be introduced to digital advocacy and learn strategies for starting or growing your own advocacy efforts. Panelists will present examples and discuss how teens, adults, parents, clinicians, and researchers can all participate in digital advocacy. Attendees are encouraged to bring a phone/device to interact with the presentation! 

Dealing with Employment

Presented by Karen Balk, Scott Loeff, Dave Brebner |  Sunday, May 16 at 11:00 AM EST | Register

Employment is a stepping stone for all young teens and adults. The transition to employment is slightly harder for people with Tic Disorders. Teens and adults with Tic Disorders often have motor, cognitive, and sensory limitations including issues with organization, time management, problem-solving, manipulation of objects, tolerance of environmental stim, and social skills. Many of these skills are prerequisites for jobs. This workshop will provide steps to use to prepare for employment and knowledge of resources in their community that help with this transition. Topics will include ways to identify strengths and weaknesses to know a job is a good fit, how to manage the interview process, how to disclose medical information, how to request ADA accommodations, and what community resources can assist with this transition. The workshop will include a short lecture from 3 specialists (occupational therapist, human resource professional, and vocational advocate) and a panel for attendees to attain information for their current employment needs.

 

Tourette & Law Enforcement: How To Have Positive Interactions And Safe Encounters

Presented by Heather Ramsey |  Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 PM EST | Register

Learning how to interact with Law Enforcement to ensure positive outcomes does not come naturally for most, and if you have Tourette, one’s tics, impulsivity, and disinhibition may complicate the encounter. This interactive session will provide teens and adults with helpful tips for interacting with law enforcement, including understanding their own diagnosis, how to advocate for themselves, and how to educate law enforcement.   

 

The Diverse Experience of Living with Tourette Syndrome

Presented by Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.  |  Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 PM EST | Register

Join us for a panel discussion on issues of racial, sexual/gender, and religious diversity within the Tourette Syndrome community.  

UptoMe: A Tool for Self-Advocacy for Youth and Young Adults

Presented by  Sarah Reed, Ph.D., Shari Meserve, Ellie Jarvie  |  Sunday, May 16 at 4:00 PM EST | Join the waiting list

The UptoMe program is a small group program for youth (8th grade-college) who have faced Tourette and Associated challenges and the daily decisions about what to say and to whom. It includes 5 one-hour lessons with an additional booster (or seven 45 min sessions). Based on the international, evidence-based adult program “UptoMe”. This tool can also be used as a framework for key conversations. This interactive presentation will include an introduction of the tool and completing sample exercises from the curriculum. This session is appropriate for teens, young adults, adults with Tourette, and adults who support those with Tourette.

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

 

Taking Control: Daily Strategies 

Presented by Karen Balk  |  Sunday, May 16 at 5:00 PM EST | Register

Management of tics and the comorbid diagnosis a daily task. Finding strategies to manage symptoms is a way of life for many Tic Disorder families. This presentation will provide patients and parents information on common limitations including memory, organization, task initiation, sensory seeking/sensitivity, motor planning, and fine motor. The presentation will also include motor, cognitive, and sensory person and environmental strategies to manage limitations and increase success in daily tasks. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

child programs

 

Expressing TS Through Art

Presented by Jane Hamilton and Kim Dougharty  | Friday, May 14 at 5:00 PM EST | Join the waiting list

This workshop will encourage participants to express their thoughts and emotions through art. bring your paper, colored pencils, crayons, and collage materials and together create expressive self portraits. The discussion and artistic exercise will help kids get in touch with their feelings about TS and how to express those emotions artistically. Participants will be encouraged to illustrate how TS is just one part of who they are. 

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

 

OCD with TS

Presented by Heather Adams, Ph.D. | Saturday, May 15 at 12:00 PM EST | Join the waiting list

Heather Adams leads a discussion about the different types of OCD and anxiety that can happen, and how we “boss back” our OCD and anxiety. She'll demonstrate some “reducer” strategies, introduce the concept of not “feeding” OCD/anxiety with rituals and reassurance, and close with strategies for communicating with peers and adults about their OCD/anxiety. 

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

Finding the Superhero Within: Your Amazing Basal Ganglia! 

Presented by Katrina Lindsay Ph.D., Lindsey Vater PsyD, Allen and Shelley Schoaff | Saturday, May 15 at 1:30 PM EST | Join the waiting list

Join us to talk about your amazing and special brain, and the THREE superpowers that come with it! 

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

 

Taking Tourette to Middle School

Presented by Amanda Coffman  | Sunday, May 16 at 11:00 AM EST | Join the waiting list

Welcome to Middle School! Please leave your Tourette Syndrome in your locker. Middle school is an exciting and difficult time for anyone, but more so for those with TS. In this interactive session, we will talk about what advocacy looks like in the secondary setting, and how to best address issues both proactively and as they arise. This session will help children be ready for what to expect and how to tackle it in middle school.   

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

The Big Sad

Presented by Galen Coffman  | Sunday, May 16 at 12:30 PM EST | Join the waiting list

Depression is more than being sad. Galen Coffman, a youth with TS, will share his experience of surviving depression by seeking and sticking with treatment. His life is worth the work, and yours is too! 

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

Developing & Maintaining Friendships   

Presented by Jen Stenger, Ph.D.   | Sunday, May 16 at 1:30 PM EST| | Join the waiting list

This presentation speaks to youth and teens, in their language, about open and easy ways to explain Tourette Syndrome when meeting new people. Advocating for one's self by educating others is discussed, along with several personal stories as examples. Interesting and creative ways to meet new people and make new friends in your community are discussed as well.

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.


 

KICK-OFF and

KEY NOTE PANEL

Friday, May 14 at 8:00 PM EST | Register

The Conference Launch will be opened by Amanda Talty, TAA President and CEO, to kick off the weekend's events. After Amanda, Ben Brown, host of Tourette's Podcast, will host an incredible panel discussion joined by Aidy Smith and Britney Wolf! 

Ben Brown

Host of Tourette's Podcast

Ben will be joined by an incredible panel including Aidy Smith, presenter and producer of the widely successful TV series on Amazon Prime, The Three Drinkers, and Britney Wolf, Tourette Syndrome advocate.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TEEN programs

 

Let’s Put the Tics in TikTok: How to be a TS Advocate in the Digital Age

Presented by Christine Conelea, Ph.D. L.P., Ben Brown, Thomas White, Chloe Winston  |  Saturday, May 15 at 3:00 PM EST | Register

Calling all aspiring and active TS advocates! TS advocacy goals are to raise public awareness, spread accurate information, and change systems or laws to benefit the TS community. This presentation focuses on using digital platforms--like social media--to boost the impact and reach of TS advocacy. You will be introduced to digital advocacy and learn strategies for starting or growing your own advocacy efforts. Panelists will present examples and discuss how teens, adults, parents, clinicians, and researchers can all participate in digital advocacy. Attendees are encouraged to bring a phone/device to interact with the presentation! 

Dealing with Employment

Presented by Karen Balk, Scott Loeff, Dave Brebner |  Sunday, May 16 at 11:00 AM EST | Register

Employment is a stepping stone for all young teens and adults. The transition to employment is slightly harder for people with Tic Disorders. Teens and adults with Tic Disorders often have motor, cognitive, and sensory limitations including issues with organization, time management, problem-solving, manipulation of objects, tolerance of environmental stim, and social skills. Many of these skills are prerequisites for jobs. This workshop will provide steps to use to prepare for employment and knowledge of resources in their community that help with this transition. Topics will include ways to identify strengths and weaknesses to know a job is a good fit, how to manage the interview process, how to disclose medical information, how to request ADA accommodations, and what community resources can assist with this transition. The workshop will include a short lecture from 3 specialists (occupational therapist, human resource professional, and vocational advocate) and a panel for attendees to attain information for their current employment needs.

The Big Sad

Presented by Galen Coffman  | Sunday, May 16 at 12:30 PM EST | Join the waiting list

Depression is more than being sad. Galen Coffman, a youth with TS, will share his experience of surviving depression by seeking and sticking with treatment. His life is worth the work, and yours is too!

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

Tourette & Law Enforcement: How To Have Positive Interactions And Safe Encounters

Presented by Heather Ramsey |  Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 PM EST | Register

Learning how to interact with Law Enforcement to ensure positive outcomes does not come naturally for most, and if you have Tourette, one’s tics, impulsivity, and disinhibition may complicate the encounter. This interactive session will provide teens and adults with helpful tips for interacting with law enforcement, including understanding their own diagnosis, how to advocate for themselves, and how to educate law enforcement.   

 

YA Panel: Burning Questions

Presented by Joseph Sexton, Olivia Woodrich, Michael Chichicco, Haley Carlton   |  Sunday, May 16 at 2:30 PM EST | Register

Young adulthood is hard even without TS and all it brings. Join TAA Rising Leaders and bring your questions on school, family, dating, bullying, advocacy, and all else that goes into navigating the world with Tourette Syndrome. 

The Diverse Experience of Living with Tourette Syndrome

Presented by Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.  |  Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 PM EST | Register

Join us for a panel discussion on issues of racial, sexual/gender, and religious diversity within the Tourette Syndrome community.  

UptoMe: A Tool for Self-Advocacy for Youth and Young Adults

Presented by Sarah Reed, Ph.D., Shari Meserve, Ellie Jarvie  |  Sunday, May 16 at 4:00 PM EST | Join the waiting list

The UptoMe program is a small group program for youth (8th grade-college) who have faced Tourette and associated challenges and the daily decisions about what to say and to whom. It includes 5 one-hour lessons with an additional booster (or seven 45 min sessions). Based on the international, evidence-based adult program “UptoMe”. This tool can also be used as a framework for key conversations. This interactive presentation will include an introduction of the tool and completing sample exercises from the curriculum. This session is appropriate for teens, young adults, adults with Tourette, and adults who support those with Tourette.

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

Taking Control: Daily Strategies 

Presented by Karen Balk  |  Sunday, May 16 at 5:00 PM EST | Register

Management of tics and the comorbid diagnosis a daily task. Finding strategies to manage symptoms is way of life for many tic disorder families. This presentation will provide patients and parents information on common limitations including memory, organization, task initiation, sensory seeking/sensitivity, motor planning, and fine motor. The presentation will also include motor, cognitive, and sensory person and environmental strategies to manage limitations and increase success in daily tasks. 

 

 


 

educator programs

 
 

Understanding Oppositional Behavior

Presented by Ross Greene, Ph.D.  |  Saturday, May 15 at 12:00 PM EST | Register

Dr. Greene’s compassionate approach has transformed the understanding of how to treat kids with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Over the years, his method has dramatically reduced discipline problems and punishments for challenging kids and adolescents in countless families, schools, therapeutic facilities, and the juvenile-justice system. Join Dr. Greene as he reviews the specific challenges of oppositional behavior and the limits of traditional discipline.   

 

Emotional Overload: Understanding Non-Tic Behaviors in Tourette Syndrome

Presented by Jan Rowe, Dr. OT, OTR/L, FAOTA, Heather Simpson OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA |  Saturday, May 15 at 2:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

Emotional Overload is a feature of Tourette Syndrome. This webinar will help with understanding why emotional overload happens and provide productive and positive ways to manage behaviors that can result from this overload.

Tourette Syndrome and Young Children

Presented by Wendy Wegman |  Saturday, May 15 at 4:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

This session focuses on the Young Child from 3 years-8 years old. It can be a complex task to care for these children at home, preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school. This session will provide an understanding of Tourette Syndrome and possible co-occurring conditions at this age. We will discuss and work together to learn some strategies and accommodations for young children with Tourette Syndrome. We will explore why Early Intervention is key in helping young children overcome challenges through their early development.

 

Raising Tourettes: A Family Perspective for Educators

Presented by Kate Mielitz, Ph.D., Kaden, Slade, and Slaeda Mielitz and Gretchen Cole-Lade, Ph.D.  |  Sunday, May 16 at 11:00 AM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

Join Kaden from A&E’s Raising Tourettes (2018) and his family as they talk about their experiences bettering communication in the classroom and providing direct training to new teachers.   

Handwriting Deficits in Children with Tic Disorders

Presented by Jan Rowe, Dr. OT, OTR/L, FAOTA   |  Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available  | Register

Handwriting is often an area of difficulty for children with tics and TS. In this session, you will learn about a research study that is being conducted to help improve handwriting legibility and speed in children with tics and TS. While technology is widely available to children and can be accommodation for poor handwriting it is more helpful to children’s learning if they actually write.  

 

Classroom Strategies and Accommodations for Students with TS

Presented by Jen Stenger, Ph.D.  |  Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 PM EST  | CE Credit Available | Register

This session will cover strategies for the classroom to assist a student with Tourette syndrome. These strategies and accommodations, while simple to implement, can make a resounding difference in the success, and the happiness, of a student with Tourette. Strategies will be suggested for both the student and teacher.

The Diverse Experience of Living with Tourette Syndrome

Presented by Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.  |  Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 PM EST | Register

Join us for a panel discussion on issues of racial, sexual/gender, and religious diversity within the Tourette Syndrome community.  

 

Instructional Teaching Strategies to Support Students with Tourette Syndrome and ADHD, Anxiety, and Executive Function Needs

Presented by  Kate Mielitz, Ph.D., Gretchen Cole-Lade  |  Sunday, May 16 at 5:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

This session will briefly describe how ADHD, Anxiety, and Executive Function needs can impact learning and social skills in a classroom. Instructional Teaching Strategies for educators to use and parents to advocate for will be shared.    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

medical programs

Research Symposium 

Friday, May 14 at 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM EST | CEU Credit Available | Register

This year’s Tourette Research Symposium will feature in-depth scientific presentations by recent grantee’s of the TAA’s Young Investigator Award. This prestigious grant is annually awarded to scientists and clinicians whose research demonstrates exceptional promise for advancing our scientific understanding of the biological cause and/or treatment of TS/TD. In addition to presentations from these scientists, the featured speaker will be a keynote talk given by Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman. Dr Lichtman is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and has contributed major advances in the development of molecular tools to understand the brain.  The session will provide an inspiring overview of recent discoveries and a glimpse into the future direction of TS/TD research.

The Present and Future of Therapeutics in TS

Presented by Joohi Jimenez-Sahed, MD, Irene Malaty, MD, Rebecca Lehman, MD |  Friday, May 14 at 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

In this workshop, Drs. Jimenez-Shahed, Malaty, and Lehman will review the established treatment spectrum for tics in TS, will explore investigational treatments that are in the pipeline for treating tics, and will provide an update on the current status of cannabinoids and surgical treatments for TS. 

 

Tourettic OCD: Exploring the Tourette/OCD Interface

Presented by Charles Mansueto, Ph.D.  |  Saturday, May 15 at 12:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

This presentation will address the clinical features that often result when OCD and tic disorders exist comorbidly. This perspective goes beyond traditional descriptions that characterize the current literature. Appreciation of the interactive relationship of the disorders provides a more thorough understanding of common Tourette Disorder and OCD subtypes. Topics covered will include Tourettic OCD (TOCD), the "Alphabet Soup Syndrome" (multiple comorbidities), and, "Developmental Morphing" (how Tourette Disorder becomes OCD). The clinical implications of this perspective will be examined, and adjustments to standard treatment will be described that can lead to more effective treatment.

Integrating Creative Strategies to Enhance CBIT Treatment Engagement

Presented by Dr. Kenneth Phelps  |  Saturday, May 15 at 2:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

While CBIT has a reputable and established evidence base, some children and adolescents may have difficulty engaging in treatment. Attentional concerns, disruptive behavior, or hopelessness related to depression may be a few barriers to engagement. This presentation aims to overview the art and creativity possible in the implementation of CBIT while still adhering to established treatment protocols.

Translating Evidence-Based Interventions into Clinical Practice

Presented by Erica Greenberg, MD, and Joseph McGuire, Ph.D. |  Saturday, May 15 at 4:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

Although behavior therapy is recognized as the first-line intervention for tic management, it can be hard to find and/or implement these interventions in clinical practice. This presentation describes common challenges that clinicians and families experience and describes behavioral and pharmacological approaches to overcome common challenges that arise when providing evidence-based clinical care.

Tourette 101 for the Community Practitioner: Identifying Tic Disorders distinct from other conditions

Presented by Keith Coffman, MD |  Saturday, May 15 at 6:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

A session designed for general and community practitioners on proper diagnosis of TS, contrasted with conditions with some similarities. Will review various ways TS may manifest, and the ways common co-occurring conditions complicate diagnosis.

Handwriting Deficits in Children with Tic Disorders

Presented by Jan Rowe, Dr. OT, OTR/L, FAOTA   |  Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 PM EST  | CE Credit Available | Register

Handwriting is often an area of difficulty for children with tics and TS. In this session you will learn about a research study that is being conducted to help improve handwriting legibility and speed in children with tics and TS. While technology is widely available to children and can be an accommodation for poor handwriting it is more helpful to children’s learning if they actually write.

The Diverse Experience of Living with Tourette Syndrome

Presented by Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.  |  Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 PM EST| Register

Join us for a panel discussion on issues of racial, sexual/gender, and religious diversity within the Tourette Syndrome community.

 






 

 

Newly Diagnosed Seminar

Presented by John Walkup  | Friday, May 14 at 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST | Register

The “Newly Diagnosed Seminar” provides a comprehensive overview of what every person with Tourette, their loved ones, and friends need to know to live with Tourette’s and tic disorders. Getting the diagnosis is just the beginning; there is so much to learn about how to survive and importantly thrive after the diagnosis. The presentation will focus on core content knowledge, as well as hot topics and controversies that can lead to confusion in the diagnosis and treatment of the Tic Disorders and co-occurring conditions.  At the end of the presentation, the participant will be better prepared to navigate the often confusing first couple of years of life after diagnosis.  Breaks will be given.

The Present and Future of Therapeutics in TS

Presented by Joohi Jimenez-Sahed, MD, Irene Malaty, MD, Rebecca Lehman, MD |  Friday, May 14 at 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

In this workshop, Drs. Jimenez-Shahed, Malaty, and Lehman will review the established treatment spectrum for tics in TS, will explore investigational treatments that are in the pipeline for treating tics, and will provide an update on the current status of cannabinoids and surgical treatments for TS. 

Parents with TS Support Group

Presented by Kate Mielitz, Ph.D., and Paul Raleigh |  Friday, May 14 at 6:00 PM EST | Register

Parenting is always a challenge, but even more so when you have TS yourself! Join Kate Mielitz and Paul Raleigh for an interactive discussion of Parenting with Tourette Syndrome.

Capacity: 50 attendees

Understanding Oppositional Behavior

Presented by Ross Greene, Ph.D.,  |  Saturday, May 15 at 12:00 PM EST | Register

Dr. Greene’s compassionate approach has transformed the understanding of how to treat kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Over the years, his method has dramatically reduced discipline problems and punishments for challenging kids and adolescents in countless families, schools, therapeutic facilities, and the juvenile-justice system. Join Dr. Greene as he reviews the specific challenges of oppositional behavior and the limits of traditional discipline.

 

Emotional Overload: Understanding Non-Tic Behaviors in Tourette Syndrome

Presented by Jan Rowe, Dr. OT, OTR/L, FAOTA, Heather Simpson OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA |  Saturday, May 15 at 2:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

Emotional Overload is a feature of Tourette Syndrome. This webinar will help with understanding why emotional overload happens and provide productive and positive ways to manage behaviors that can result from this overload.

Tourette Syndrome and Young Children

Presented by Wendy Wegman |  Saturday, May 15 at 4:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

This session focuses on the Young Child from 3 years-8 years old. It can be a complex task to care for these children at home, preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school. This session will provide an understanding of Tourette Syndrome and possible co-occurring conditions at this age. We will discuss and work together to learn some strategies and accommodations for young children with Tourette Syndrome. We will explore why Early Intervention is key in helping young children overcome challenges through their early development.

Parenting Your Superhero: Parent Support Group

Presented by Katrina Lindsay, Ph.D., Lindsey Vater, PsyD, Allen and Shelley Schoaff |  Saturday, May 15 at 5:00 PM EST | Join the waiting list

A Strengths-based approach to parenting children and youth with TD.

This session is now full but there's the option to join the waiting list.

What Am I Missing? IEP/504 Plan Process Simplified 

Presented by Kathy Giordano |  Saturday, May 15 at 6:00 PM EST | Register

There is a wide-spread belief that grades are the only reason students may be eligible for an IEP or a 504 Plan. How do we, as parents and educators, determine if a child may need to be referred for an evaluation for these learning disabilities? We familiarize ourselves with the signs and symptoms to look for in the areas of concern and we observe. Discussion of this and other important Federal laws and rights of students will assist parents and educators be prepared for meetings to determine eligibility and appropriate supports. 

 

Raising Tourettes: A Family Perspective for Educators

Presented by Kate Mielitz, Ph.D., Kaden, Slade, & Slaeda Mielitz & Gretchen Cole-Lade, Ph.D.  |  Sunday, May 16 at 11:00 AM EST | CEU Credit Available | Register

Join Kaden from A&E’s Raising Tourettes (2018) and his family as they talk about their experiences bettering communication in the classroom and providing direct training to new teachers.   

 

Taking TS to Middle School

Presented by Amanda Coffman   |  Sunday, May 16 at 12:30 PM EST | Register

Welcome to Middle School! Please leave your Tourette Syndrome in your locker. Middle school is an exciting and difficult time for anyone, but more so for those with TS. In this interactive session we will talk about what advocacy looks like in the secondary setting, and how to best address issues both proactively and as they arise. In addition, we will talk about how to maintain your relationship with your child through this time of rapid development. This session will help parents be ready for what to expect and how to tackle it in middle school.  

Capacity: 100 attendees

Handwriting Deficits in Children with Tic Disorders

Presented by Jan Rowe, Dr. OT, OTR/L, FAOTA   |  Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 PM EST | CEU Credit Available | Register

Handwriting is often an area of difficulty for children with tics and TS. In this session, you will learn about a research study that is being conducted to help improve handwriting legibility and speed in children with tics and TS. While technology is widely available to children and can be accommodation for poor handwriting it is more helpful to children’s learning if they actually write.  

 

Classroom Strategies and Accommodations for Students with TS

Presented by Jen Stenger, Ph.D.  |  Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 PM EST  | CEU Credit Available | Register

This session will cover strategies for the classroom to assist a student with Tourette syndrome. These strategies and accommodations, while simple to implement, can make a resounding difference in the success, and happiness, of a student with Tourette. Strategies will be suggested for both the student and teacher.

The Diverse Experience of Living with Tourette Syndrome

Presented by Emily Ricketts  |  Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 PM EST | Register

Join us for a panel discussion on issues of racial, sexual/gender, and religious diversity within the Tourette Syndrome community.  

Instructional Teaching Strategies to Support Students with Tourette Syndrome and ADHD, Anxiety, and Executive Function Needs

Presented by  Kate Mielitz, Ph.D., Gretchen Cole-Lade  |  Sunday, May 16 at 5:00 PM EST | CE Credit Available | Register

This session will briefly describe how ADHD, Anxiety, and Executive Function needs can impact learning and social skills in a classroom. Instructional Teaching Strategies for educators to use and parents to advocate for will be shared.    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PARENT/CAREGIVER programs

 

Full schedule OF EVENTS

14th

FRIDAY

11:00am - 3:30pm EST

Research Symposium

 

11:00am - 3:00pm EST

Newly Diagnosed Seminar

4:00pm - 6:00pm EST

The Present and Future of Therapeutics in TS

5:00pm EST

Expressing TS Through Art

6:00pm EST

Parents with TS Support Group

7:00pm EST

Self Esteem - My Life With Tourette

8:00pm EST

Conference Launch

General registration is offered free of charge. Continuing education credits are available for education and healthcare professionals at an additional fee. Click here for the complete list of accredited sessions and descriptions. 

15th

SATURDAY

16th

SUNDAY

All programming and resources are created by the Tourette Association of America.