The Virtual National Conference
of the
Tourette Association of America

Serving the Tourette Syndrome, Tic Disorders and Co-Occurring Conditions Community.

May 19 – 20, 2023

The Tourette Association of America welcomes you to 2023 TIC-CON!

Our virtual event will be held on May 19 and 20. The first day will be dedicated to our annual Research Symposium and the second day to our Family, Youth and Education Conference. Your all-inclusive registration entitles you to attend both exciting events.

Virtual Research Symposium

On May 19, please join us for the Virtual Research Symposium where you can learn about the latest innovations in the Tic Disorder Community! We encourage all medical and scientific professionals to increase their neurobiological understanding of TS and learn more about innovative treatment approaches under development. This event will feature presentations from thought leaders in our community and will provide an opportunity for conversation and collaboration. Our goal is to build a diverse and dedicated community committed to improving treatment and care for those affected by TS and Tic Disorders. With that said, we invite laymen to attend as well.

Youth, Family and Education Conference

On May 20, the Family and Education Conference is designed for anyone touched by TS and Tic Disorders. This event will offer programming for children (8-12) and teenagers (13-17) with TS and their siblings, as well as adults with TS, parents and caregivers, educators, and medical professionals. It will be a valuable resource for anyone looking to learn more about TS and how to support those affected by it.

We recommend registering early to secure your spot and ensure that you have access to all the materials and resources that will be provided during the conference. If you have any questions about the registration process, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Please Note: The views and opinions expressed at TIC-TIC are those of the speakers and attendees and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the Tourette Association of America.


All presentations are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Friday, May 19: Virtual Research Symposium

May 19, 2023 08:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Joshua Nadeau
Vice President, Medical & Scientific Programs - TAA

Amanda Talty
President and CEO - TAA

May 19, 2023 09:00 AM

The evidence for cannabis in Tourette syndrome: where are we?

Elia Abi-Jaoude, MSc, MD, PhD, FRCPC

There has been much interest in cannabis for Tourette syndrome (TS). However, with the myriad of products available, clinicians are often uncertain about how to guide their patients around this issue. The goal of this session is to review the evidence for cannabinoids for the management of tics, including its limits, and to provide practical guidance for clinicians. This will include presentation of results from a recent randomized controlled trial comparing the efficacy and tolerability of three medical cannabis products with different levels of THC and CBD in reducing tics in adults with TS.

May 19, 2023 10:00 AM

The Anxiety-Tic Link: Anxiety and the Neurobehavioral Model of Tics

Jennifer Vermilion, MD

Yelizaveta (Yeli) Sapozhnikov

In this presentation, we will discuss what is known about anxiety in Tourette syndrome, including how many people are affected by anxiety, how anxiety may present, and how anxiety may impair individuals with tics. We will also describe the results of our team’s current, ongoing research projects related to the functional impact of anxiety on Tourette syndrome and the use of treatments (both medications and therapies) to treat anxiety in Tourette syndrome. Finally, we will review what is known about the relationship between anxiety and tics and discuss ways in which management of anxiety may impact tics.

May 19, 2023 10:30

Impact of Environmental Stress on Adults with Tourette Syndrome

David Issacs, MD, MPH

Environmental stressors have been postulated to impact the course of Tourette syndrome (TS), given their known influence on brain developmentand adult mental and physical health. In children with TS, environmental stressors predict tic and psychiatric symptom severity at two-year follow-up. In adults with TS, childhood adversity is associated with worst-ever tic severity. However, the broader, longitudinal impact of environmental stressors on adults with TS remains uncertain. This lecture will review 1) the background evidence supporting the hypothesis that environmental stressors influence the course of TS into adulthood and 2) preliminary baseline results from a longitudinal study testing this hypothesis.

May 19, 2023 11:00 AM

Mechanisms associated with age and sex modulate motor-like tics via the CB2 cannabinoid receptor

Sharon Anavi-Goffer, PhD

Victoria Gorberg

Iain R. Greig

Roger G. Pertwee

The effects of HU-308, a selective cannabinoid CB2 receptor agonist, on motor-like tics were studied in the presence or absence of 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI), a highly potent agonist of the serotonin 5-HT2A/2C receptors. The effects of HU-308 on head twitch response (HTR; central motor-like tic), ear scratch response (ESR; urge-like response) and grooming behavior (caudally located peripheral motor-like tic) were compared between wildtype and CB2 receptor knockout (CB2-/-) mice. The frequency of DOI-induced repetitive behaviors was higher in CB2-/- than wildtype mice. HU-308 increased DOI-induced ESR and grooming behavior in adult CB2-/- mice. In healthy juvenile males, in the absence of DOI, HU-308 significantly increased HTR. But in the presence of DOI (model of motor tics), HU-308 inhibited HTR and ESR. In left prefrontal cortex of juvenile male mice, DOI increased transcript expression of the CB2 receptor, but reduced fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and α/β-hydrolase domain-containing 6 (ABHD6), which hydrolyzes the endogenous cannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), expression levels. The intensity of the effects of HU-308 in females was lower than in males: (1) HU-308 had a lower or no effect on HTR in juvenile females; (2) HU-308 significantly decreased basal grooming behavior in juvenile females but not in males; (3) HU-308 (0.2 mg/kg) significantly inhibited DOI-induced HTR and grooming behavior in females but not in males.

May 19, 2023 11:45 AM

Disparities in patients with tic disorders

Natalia Szejko, MD, PhD, ScD

Christelle Nilles, MD

A deeper understanding of healthcare determinants in underrepresented groups of patients with tic disorders such as females, sexual and ethnical minorities may provide useful guidance to clinical assessment, management, prognosis and enable individualization of treatment. The purpose of our panel is present an overview of studies reporting about sex differences in tic disorders. We will also complement this overview with presentation of the original findings derived from the analysis conducted in Paris and Calgary Tic Registry. We will present results of the preliminary analysis about racial and non-racial disparities in All of Us Research Study.

May 19, 2023 12:30 PM


May 19, 2023 01:30 PM

Tic Attacks in Tourette Syndrome: Defining Diagnostic Criteria, Impacts of Comorbidities, and Tic-Related Temporary Disabilities

Jeremy Rosenbaum

Investigating the phenomena of tic attacks in Tourette Syndrome, this research project builds upon existing literature to create a more generalizable and practical framework. With an overarching goal of analyzing the impacts of common comorbidities, this project suggests a redefined diagnostic criteria for tic attacks, defines a proposed tic-related adaptive temporary disability criteria, and suggests mechanisms for positive feedback loops that occur between tics and comorbidities of TS.

May 19, 2023 01:45 PM

Automatic assessment of tic expression

Yocheved Loewenstren, MSc

Developing a new tool for measuring tic expression in patients with Tourette Syndrome and other chronic tic disorders. Our custom-developed smartphone application allows for automatic, objective, quantitative assessments of tic expression over prolonged periods of time in natural behavioral settings. Videos of patients' facial tics are recorded by the smartphone's frontal camera and then analyzed using advanced deep neural network technology for automatic tic detection. This tool has the potential to revolutionize the way tic disorders are diagnosed and treated, providing clinicians with a powerful tool for monitoring their patients' progress and evaluating the efficacy of different treatments.

May 19, 2023 02:00 PM

Disentangling Tourette syndrome and ADHD using electroencephalography and functional connectivity

Simon Morand-Beaulieu, PhD

Tourette syndrome (TS) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently co-occur. However, it remains unclear how the neurobiological underpinnings of TS and ADHD may be similar or different. By assessing functional connectivity in 137 children with either TS, ADHD, TS+ADHD, or who are typically developing controls, we wish to better understand the co-occurrence of TS and ADHD and its neurobiological underpinnings. This study will also assess how patterns of functional connectivity are associated with different measures of emotional and behavioral functioning, as well as with the severity of inattentive and hyperactive symptoms.

May 19, 2023 02:15 PM

Novel non-invasive neuromodulation approaches to improve tic symptoms

Jessica Frey, MD

Irene Malaty, MD

Aparna Wagle Shukla, MD

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a painless and non-invasive form of neuromodulation that has been shown to reduce tics in individuals, and may lead to even further reduction when combined with Comprehensive Intervention for Tics (CBIT). This presentation focuses on a novel treatment for tics using an accelerated rTMS protocol in combination with CBIT. Participants completed an accelerated rTMS protocol over 4 consecutive days followed by virtual CBIT sessions. We will summarize the results of a recent open-label study and discuss the plan for an upcoming randomized, controlled trial that will expand on the results of the open-label study.

May 19, 2023 02:30 PM


May 19, 2023 02:45 PM

Cognition in Tourette Syndrome: Cognitive Characteristics Associated with Tourette Syndrome, their Neurobiological Bases,& Management Strategies

Marc Graff, PhD

What are the cognitive tasks and social situations most likely to be challenging for individuals with Tourette Syndrome? This presentation reports on the findings of a broad, systematic review of this topic, focusing on the areas of executive functionand social cognition. It will include a short elaboration of how the cognitive and behavioral characteristics discussed are related to distinct neurological patterns associated with Tourette Syndrome. Recommended strategies for managing these challenging tasks and situations will be included in the discussion as well.

May 19, 2023 03:30 PM

Putative novel pharmacological treatments for tic disorders: insights from animal models

Marco Bortolato, MD, PhD

This presentation will be an overview of potential new pharmacological interventions to reduce tic severity, as supported by animal models of Tourette syndrome. Novel results on emerging leads will be also presented, based on recent experimental research.

May 19, 2023 04:15 PM

Home-administered rhythmic median nerve stimulation for the reduction of tics

Stephen Jackson, PhD

Currently, effective treatment for tic disorders is an area of considerable unmet clinical need. Learn about an evaluation of the efficacy of a home-administered neuromodulation treatment for tics involving the delivery of rhythmic pulse trains of median nerve stimulation (MNS) delivered via a wearable ‘watch-like’ device worn at the wrist.

Saturday, May 20: Youth, Family and Education Conference

May 20, 2023 11:00 AM

The Tourette's Puzzle (Youth/Teens 8-18)

Slayton Cooper

Lindsey Vater, PsyD

Tourette syndrome, it seems, can mislead us into thinking it defines our identities. While it is an integral component of our senses of self, it is harmful to epitomize ourselves with what is a meager fraction of who we are. There is so much more to us than just tics! Join Slayton Cooper, a Tourette’s advocate and non-profit founder, to see how we can explore and connect the pieces of our being to create the puzzles that are our identities.

May 20, 2023 01:00 PM

Powering Up Your Inner Boss (Teens 13-18)

Paul DePompo, PsyD

Cassandra Moore, LMFT

In this interactive seminar, teens will learn how to uncover their unique strengths and use them to overcome a challenge they are facing living with Tourette Syndrome. Whether it’s the tics themselves, symptoms of co-occurring diagnoses like ADHD, OCD, Anxiety or the feared or real reaction of their parents and peers, children will walk away with strategies to work through a struggle meaningful to them while fostering resilience and self-acceptance.

May 20, 2023 02:00 PM

Powering Up Your Inner Boss (Youth 8-12)

Paul DePompo, PsyD

Cassandra Moore, LMFT

In this interactive seminar, children will learn how to uncover their unique strengths and use them to overcome a challenge they are facing living with Tourette Syndrome. Whether it’s the tics themselves, symptoms of co-occurring diagnoses like ADHD, OCD, Anxiety or the feared or real reaction of their parents and peers, children will walk away with strategies to work through a struggle meaningful to them while fostering resilience and self-acceptance.

May 20, 2023 03:00 PM

Supporting Youth with Tourette Syndrome through the Use of Assistive Technology (Youth 8-11)

Mike Salomon

Jarrod Hobson

Assistive Technology are tools and supports that can assist people with disabilities in being able to access and participate in their education and workplace. Supporting Youth with Tourette Syndrome through the Use of Assistive Technology will provide participants with information regarding tools that can assist people who have Tourette Syndrome with reading, writing, and executive function tools.

May 20, 2023 03:00 PM

Adulting Prep 101Financial Conversations (especially designed with Tourette co-morbids in mind) (Teens 12-18)

Dr. Kate Mielitz

Are you thinking about moving out on your own some time in the next 3-5 years? Then this session is FOR YOU! Let's talk about personal finance and how to navigate some of the ins and outs of handling money while also living life with Tourette, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and other relevant diagnoses! How do you put together a budget? Where do you even start? Does credit really matter? How to save even when money is tight! Let's talk about all of that and answer any questions you have about money--setting up a bank account, using a debit name it, we'll talk about it!

May 20, 2023 04:00 PM

Middle School: How to Survive (and Thrive) with Tourette! (Youth 10-12)

Chayse Hevesi

Amanda Coffman

Is your rising middle schooler with Tourette nervous about the dawn of the next school year? Do they struggle to communicate with peers and educators about their tics? Current high school freshman, ChayseHevesi, will explain how to survive and thrive with Tourette in middle school. She will walk the audience through tough conversations and provide them with the tools they need to foster a strong sense of confidence. Building on her own middle school experiences, she is an expert on how to manage new challenges. Conference members will walk away from the presentation feeling ready to self-advocate and succeed!

May 20, 2023 05:00 PM

Supporting Youth with Tourette Syndrome through the Use of Assistive Technology (Teens (12-18)

Mike Salomon

Jarrod Hobson

Assistive Technology are tools and supports that can assist people with disabilities in being able to access and participate in their education and workplace. Supporting Youth with Tourette Syndrome through the Use of Assistive Technology will provide participants with information regarding tools that can assist people who have Tourette Syndrome with reading, writing, and executive function tools.

May 20, 2023 05:00 PM

When Tic Anxiety Attacks! Building Your Confident (Tic) Talk

Paul DePompo, PsyD

This interactive workshop is for anyone that is tired of feeling small when faced with tic bullying, or figuring out when, who, and especially HOW to talk about their tics. Too often we try to be invisible hoping that can help our anxiety. Only, being invisible actually kills our confidence.

May 20, 2023 11:00 AM

Smarter Career Decisions: Strategies for Neurodivergent Job Seekers

Michael Leopold

This is a highly practical, Q&A driven workshop designed for job seekers. We will discuss strategies and tools to build a more neurodiverse workforce – from the perspectives of the neurodivergent job seeker and the employer. Job seekers will learn how to find jobs matching their interests, stand out to recruiters, handle sensitivities around disclosure, and navigate executive dysfunction and anxiety.

May 20, 2023 02:00 PM

“Why Hasn’t This Stopped Yet?”—Tips for Surviving and Thriving as an Adult with TS

Kristi Pierce, MSW

Are you an adult with Tourette Syndrome? Are you confused, frustrated, or feeling like an orphan in this population? Are you angry that you still have a disorder that you were told you’d outgrow long ago? If so, you are far from alone. In fact, you are among many thousands that share your story every day. Let’s help each other enjoy life to the fullest. Come participate in a special session just for you. Leave validated, uplifted, and full of take-away tips for calming & soothing self-care. After all, we belong and we are worth it!

May 20, 2023 03:00 PM

I Have Tourette Syndrome -- A Talk on Tourette's & Disclosure

Michael Chichioco

“I Have Tourette Syndrome” -- This is such a simple phrase, yet so complicated all at once. It’s likely that many of us consider disclosing TS to someone new almost every day, which can be exhausting, difficult and situation dependent. I hope to share my experience with disclosing TS in varying situations whether that be school, professional workplaces, friends, romantic relationships, in public, etc. I hope to validate any feelings you may have about disclosure and together I hope each listener feels more prepared to handle situations in which they are considering whether or not to disclose they have Tourette Syndrome.

May 20, 2023 4:00 PM

Making Your Money Obey, Even if Your Body has a Mind of Its Own

Dr. Kate Mielitz

Personal finance isn't always a cakewalk for the neurotypical and there are additional challenges associated with making your money work for you when you have a neurodevelopmental disability. Get tips and tricks on how to strengthen your financial foundation.

May 20, 2023 05:00 PM

When Tic Anxiety Attacks! Building Your Confident (Tic) Talk

Paul DePompo, PsyD

May 20, 2023 11:00 AM

TS at School: Let's Discuss! Getting support at school, self-advocacy, & empathic support

Alicia Goodman, PhD

Attention parents, teens, & educators; Let's Talk, Let's Listen! Through interactive & structured small group discussion, participants will close the communication gap by sharing the unique educational needs they have with one another to increase empathy & understanding across diverse perspectives. This presentation also includes an overview & application of educational laws (504/IEP). You can expect to leave this training with tools to help you 1) better understand applicable educational laws, 2) be effective in getting what you need/want as it relates to your educational journey with TS, & 3) practice empathy and self-advocacy.

May 20, 2023 01:00 PM

Understanding Behavior Challenges in School; Tools for Reducing/Eliminating Suspensions

Kathy Giordano

Nicky Bohm

Jan Rowe, MD, OT

Participants will have an understanding of the basic elements and importance of a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) for students with Tic Disorders. Hands on activities will demonstrate the importance of using the data from a Tourette based FBA when developing a Positive Intervention Plan (PBIP). PBIP’s are effective and proactive while increasing opportunities for inclusion. Plans which are reactive and punitive, too often result in removal from general education. Lastly, participants will walk away with an understanding and ability to explain to others disinhibition which is often misunderstood and a major reason for inappropriate punishment and suspensions.

May 20, 2023 03:00 PM

Developing Systems to Support Children with Executive Function Challenges

Kathleen Downing

In Developing Systems to Tackle Executive Function Challenges, real life stories of executive function missteps and successes illustrate the importance of easy to understand systems. In this session you will learn how to estimate your child’s executive function level (hint: it’s not their chronological age), how to set up systems and environments for success, and strategies for buy-in and motivation.

May 20, 2023 04:00 PM

A Parents Roller Coaster Journey with Her Childrens Tourette Syndrome: From Anguish and Fear to Inspiration and Empowerment

Jan Stewart

In this interactive session, mental health advocate Jan Stewart will inspire parents of children with Tourette Syndrome to persevere and have hope. She will detail the never-ending roller coaster journey involved in raising her children, both of whom have Tourette Syndrome and co-occurring autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety, ADHD and learning disabilities. She will share key insights from her book Hold on Tight: A Parent’s Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness to empower parents to optimize their lives. Families, friends, educators, and medical providers will also benefit from understanding the parental perspective and how they can better work together.

May 20, 2023 5:00 PM

Teaching & Practicing Acceptance with Tics

Charles Galyon, PhD

Raising and helping a child who is experiencing tics can be confusing and stressful for parents partly because of concern for their child and partly because of their own agitation due to the repetitive nature of tics. In this presentation parents will learn about how to practice accepting their own distress and respond to it with compassion so they can be more fully present and supportive of their child as they learn how to engage fully in their own lives.

May 20, 2023 10:00 AM

Tourettic OCD: Updates & Insights

Kinga Tomczak, MD, PhD

Tamar Katz, MD

Tourettic OCD (TOCD) is a disorder that shares some characteristics of both OCD and classic tic disorders, though also presents with distinct phenomenology that is often unfamiliar even to experienced clinicians. The specific behaviors seen in TOCD are typically complex tic-like behaviors although with a compulsive and partially anxious nature reminiscent of OCD. This presentation will discuss clinical, genetic, environmental, neurodevelopmental, and neurocircuit-based research to better characterize our current understanding of TOCD. At the end of this talk participants will be able to describe the unique characteristics of TOCD, the genetics and neurocircuitry underlying it, and multi-modal treatment paradigms.

May 20, 2023 01:00 PM

Parental burden in TS families - How can parents live well with tics

Noa Benaroya-Milshtein, MD, PhD

John Piacentini, PhD

Dana Feldman-Sadeh, PhD

Parents of children and adolescents with Chronic Tic Disorders (CTD) face increased caregiver burden and parenting stress. Additionally, parents of children with tics often lack important knowledge about CTD. COVID pandemic has added burden and stress to parents and patients while waiting lists for mental health interventions have gotten longer. In this workshop, Prof John Piacentini, Dr Benaroya-Milshtein, and Dr Feldman Sadeh will review the literature on parents' symptoms and wellbeing and discuss intervention options.

May 20, 2023 2:00 PM

Occupational Therapy in Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Heather Simpson, OT

Jan Rowe, MD, OT

Occupational therapy is a client-centered allied health profession that is concerned with promoting health and well-being through daily activities. Occupational therapists (OTs) are located in various settings around the country, including schools, outpatient clinics and hospitals. Unfortunately, not all OTs understand the complex needs of children and adults living with tics, and therefore are underutilized healthcare providers. In this presentation, two experienced OTs will introduce how occupational therapists can effectively provide evidenced-based assessment and interventions for people living with tics.

May 20, 2023 03:00 PM

Children's views of illness causality: Cognitive developmental research may help us explain Tourette's to the diagnosed child, their siblings, and their peers

Judith Newman, PhD

While little is specifically known about children’s understanding of the causes of neurobehavioral disorders such as Tourette Syndrome, this dynamic overview of global research on children’s concepts of illness may help us to formulate“developmentally-appropriate” explanations of tic disorders for diagnosed children,their siblings, and their peers. If we can scaffold interventions (even children’s storybooks) to increase children’s understanding of the causes of TS, the diagnosed child may be more amenable to treatment, able to educate others and/or better advocate for themselves. And informed siblings and peers may be more positive in their attitudes and interactions with the TS child.

May 20, 2023 4:00 PM

The present and future of therapeutics for Tourette syndrome

Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD

Rebecca Lehman, MD

Irene Malaty, MD

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.

May 20, 2023 09:00 AM

What is Tourette Syndrome?: An Overview

Wendy Wegman

Betty Rennick

This presentation provides an overview of Tourette Syndrome & other tic disorders. Attendees will learn about what Tourette Syndrome, including facts, types of tics, and conditions that can co-occur with TS. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of TS and tics as well as information on resources available at the TAA.

May 20, 2023 10:00 AM

Pick, Pull, Scratch, Bite - An Introduction to Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Suzy Eppling, OT

The presentation Pick, Pull, Scratch, Bite provides an introduction to Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB) which are commonly mistaken for tics. BFRBs are excessive grooming habits such as hair pulling, nail biting, or scab picking that can lead to great physical and emotional harm. Participants will gain a basic understanding of CBIT and the ComB model and will learn how they can be successfully used together for treatment. The bulk of the presentation will involve a show and tell of numerous low-cost household items that can be used to inhibit unwanted behaviors.

May 20, 2023 11:00 AM

Domorrow: Understanding & Overcoming Procrastination

Kenneth Phelps, PhD, LMFT

“I’ll get around to that tomorrow. I think I’ll do this first. It can wait.” Who among us has not said these words? Whether the task is homework, chores, or a work responsibility, we often avoid things that feel aversive and pursue activities that seem more appetitive in the moment. Many of us regularly put things off even in the face of significant life consequences. In this talk, the presenter will unpack the definition of procrastination. Participants will better understand how procrastination manifests in those with executive functioning or emotional regulation difficulties. Strategies for overcoming procrastination will be offered.

May 20, 2023 11:00 AM

Environment and Pet Therapy as an Influence on Treatment of Tourettes

Dr. Ann Weller
PsyD - PlumTree Psychology

Mindy Meyer

Environment influences outcomes in the treatment of Tourette’s and other Tic Disorders. This presentation will inform participants on the benefits of having a service/therapy dog. It will also provide tools and guidelines that help patients learn components of behavioral therapy for tics (CBIT) that translate into everyday living. CBIT is the number one treatment recommendation of the American Academy of Neurology, not all CBIT is the same. This presentation will provide best practices for successfully learning CBIT skills and taking them outside the providers office. Pet therapy and a nontraditional clinic setting are two ways to improve tic therapy outcomes and decrease tic severity.

May 20, 2023 01:00 PM

Fuzzy Boundaries: Understanding the Tourette-Functional Tic Dichotomy from a patient and clinician perspective

Joseph Sexton

Joseph McGuire, PhD

This presentation brings together Joseph Sexton, a young scholar-activist involved in the Tourette community, and Dr. Joseph McGuire, a clinical psychologist and expert on Tourette’s Disorders, for a conversation on the divide between “Tourettic” tics (those associated with Tourette Syndrome [TS]) and “functional” tics (those associated with functional neurological disorder). Through qualitative evidence drawn from Joseph’s own life as well as Dr. McGuire’s extensive clinical experience, the speakers discuss the overlap and distinctions present in the Tourettic-functional tic dichotomy. This presentation aims to provoke thoughtful discourse among clinicians, patients, parents, and educators regarding the challenges of binary classification approaches.

May 20, 2023 02:00 PM

Coping with Tic-Related Pain

Kathleen Ramsey, PhD

Many youth with tic disorders experience tic-related pain or discomfort, which may be related to the tics themselves or the suppression of them. Dealing with pain can negatively impact youths’ psychological wellbeing and participation in daily activities. During this interactive presentation, Dr. Kathleen Ramsey will engage families in discussion about tic-related pain and provide strategies to manage pain and discomfort.



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