Tourette Syndrome Education & Training
Diagnosis and treatment of people with Tourette syndrome (TS) can be improved when health care providers and educators have up-to-date and accurate information about this disorder. Education and training for these professionals will help them to better identify, diagnose, and refer for treatment people with TS.
Educating the community (for example, friends and family, educators, and coworkers) about TS can increase understanding of the symptoms, reduce teasing, and decrease stress for people living with TS. People with TS cannot help having tics, and are not being disruptive on purpose. When others understand these facts, people with TS might receive more support, which might help lessen some tic symptoms.
CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is committed to raising awareness about TS and to improving the education of those who care for and work with people living with TS. In doing so, CDC supports the following education activities.
Tourette Health and Education Outreach Program
CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has partnered with the Tourette Association of America to provide much needed educational programs. The programs educate physicians, allied professionals, and school personnel, as well as those who have TS, their families, and the general public about TS. The programs provide accurate, up-to-date, science-based information about the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of TS.
The goal of this outreach is to increase awareness and provide information that will help people with TS receive needed health services, be more accepted by those around them, and have the opportunity to succeed in school and work.
The CDC-Tourette Association partnership also has a special focus on underserved communities, providing educational programs in all geographic areas and reaching out to organizations that serve cultural minorities or communities that are at risk for health disparities.
The Tourette Health and Education Program has conducted more than 1250 education programs for professionals and community members in all 50 states in the United States, as well as in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and Canada. Twenty of the programs in 2020 were held virtually.