Funded by The Big Lottery, Tourettes Action commissioned the University of Nottingham to undertake research on Improving the Psychosocial Experiences of Adolescents with Tourette Syndrome.
The professionals worked closely with young people with TS to explore the psychosocial and educational experiences and to examine what factors influence tics and social interactions. The young people were aged between 10 and 20.
This research found that the experiences of adolescents with TS at school are more negative when teachers do not have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the condition.
In response to this study Tourettes Action developed the TA Passport. This is a four sided document where young people with TS can add information about their tics and social situations that heighten/lessen their tics and a space for any medication, accompanied with their photograph. This is a perfect document for teachers, especially supply teachers as they can quickly and easily understand about the child’s TS.
We provide this support tool free of charge, please contact Pippa to order your TA Passport.