Tourette Syndrome

Disability/Illness Description:

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological multiple tic disorder. It begins between the ages of 2 and 16, and lasts a lifetime. Tics are characterized by involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way. Tics are experienced as an irresistible urge, like sneezing, and must eventually be expressed. Tics are expressed in three major areas of the body. They can affect a person motorically, such as rapid eye movement or twitching of the face; vocally, such as repeated throat clearing; and/or behaviorally, in the form of a learning disability or an attention deficit disorder. The symptoms of TS can change frequently in location of the body, disappear then reappear at a later time, and/or increase or decrease in intensity.

Associations/Groups:

Tourette Syndrome Association — Massachusetts Chapter
TSA Massachusetts Chapter
Attn: Judie Nedelman
12 Long Drive
Westborough, MA 01581
jnedelman@tsa-ma.org
Phone: 888-486-8738

Tourette Association of America – Offers comprehensive resources and support for all of those in the Tourette community.
42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 205
Bayside, NY 11361
Phone: 888-486-8738
Email: support@tourette.org

Tourette Syndrome Plus – Has information on Tourette Syndrome plus associated disorders.

Other Information:

Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Síndrome de Tourette – Spanish

Tourette Syndrome – Center for Disease Control

Pediatric Tourette Syndrome

The Tourette Syndrome Camp USA                                                                                                                                                                           

Fact Sheet last updated on: 9/27/2017