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    Tourettes Action is support and research charity working to improve the lives of people working with Tourette's Syndrome. Offers publications, a Helpd...
  • About TS
    Find out more about TS In this section discover: What TS is The symptoms of TS What causes TS The steps to getting diagnosed with TS Different...
    • What is TS?
      TS is a complex condition and covers a wide spectrum of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. 85% of the TS population will also experience co-occurri...
    • Symptoms
      Tics Tics usually start in childhood around the age of six to seven years and tic symptoms often fluctuate in severity and frequency.  Although ...
    • Co-occurring symptoms
      In order to understand and best support people living with TS it is vital to acknowledge - aside from tics - other associated features and conditions ...
    • Causes
      This doesn’t mean, though, that the child will inherit an identical form of TS. Their condition may be milder or more severe than their parents'...
    • Getting diagnosed
      For TS to be diagnosed, multiple motor tics and at least one vocal tic must be present for at least 12 months. TS can only be diagnosed by observing ...
    • Managing TS
      Different ways to manage TS Medication can be used to help reduce the frequency and/or intensity of tics for a period of time. Psychological therapi...
      • Medication
        For some people, the variety of symptoms of TS can lead to problems in everyday life. For them medication may be an effective way to reduce the sympto...
      • Behavioural therapies
        Behavioural therapies can be useful for most people with tic disorders, although evidence suggests that it is effective for children older than eight ...
      • Telemedicine
          Liz Murray*, Seonaid Anderson, Research Manager at Tourettes Action and Tara Murphy, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust. Behavioural ther...
      • Neurosurgery
        DBS in Tourette Syndrome Among the neurosurgical techniques, deep brain stimulation (DBS) with implantation of electrodes at selected targets undoubt...
      • Other approaches
        The benefits of a healthy lifestyle  There are many different ways of generating health and well-being, the most obvious being a healthy, balanc...
    • Research into TS
      Tourettes Action are delighted to announce their recent membership of the AMRC (Association of Medical Research Charities. AMRC membership is t...
      • Previous Research Projects
        Kings College London - research examining how anxiety and low mood affect children and young people with Tourette syndrome or Chronic Tic Disor...
    • Resources
      Click on one of the coloured boxes below to see information relevant to you, including research, treatment and about children with TS. From there, you...
    • FAQs
      If you have any other questions about TS please contact our Helpdesk....
  • Find support
    Support based information and services for people with TS and their families. Parents Young people Support in school Support at work Support in...
    • Information and Services
      Living with TS can make everyday life challenging.  Not only can symtoms themselves be problematic; issues often arise through lack of awareness ...
      • Support in everyday life
        This section looks at how TS is recognised under Disability Law in the UK, what state benefits may be available to people with TS, the responsibility ...
      • Our services
          Our Helpdesk is run by Tourettes Action staff and a dedicated team of volunteers.  We provide information and support through a telepho...
        • Helpdesk
            *On the 9th January 2017 the Helpdesk will be launching a live chat service so that you can receive instant feedback from our helpdesk team. &...
        • Befriending service
          What is the Tourettes Action befriending service all about? Are you unable to access a local support group or prefer to communicate with others on a ...
        • TA Groups
          Scroll over the map to see if there are support groups in your local area.  You can contact the group co-ordinator by email to find out further i...
          • TS around the world
            If you belong to a group or know of another organisation not on this list please contact TA and we will be happy to add them. Argentina - Tourette ...
        • TA ID cards
          Sometimes the symptoms of TS can be difficult to explain, and in situations like busy pubs, restaurants or on public transport, you may not want to ge...
        • TA Grants
          We make grants of up to £500 for equipment that supports people with TS in their day-to-day life. Some examples of what we have funded in the pa...
        • TA Newsletter
          The monthly Tourettes Action newsletter is emailed directly to your inbox and is packed with information about events, research projects, fundraising ...
    • Parents
      Family life When a child is diagnosed with TS, family life is inevitably affected.  Everybody has to adjust to the fluctuating nature of symptom...
      • Support in school
        Steps to take following a diagnosis Supporting your child through their education needs to be approached as a working partnership between the family ...
      • TA Passport
        The professionals worked closely with young people with TS to explore the psychosocial and educational experiences and to examine what factors influen...
      • Managing Behavioural Problems
        We have put together a factsheet with the help of Dr Uttom Chowdhury, Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, that looks at potential behaviour...
      • Behavioural therapy for tics explained
        The following videos explore in detail what Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT)  is; why you would consider it for your child,...
    • Young people
      There is a lot of information about TS out there, but Tourettes Action knows that because it is a complicated condition a lot of the material can be q...
  • TS community
    Your videos about TS We think the best way to break down stigma and help people understand what it’s really like to live with the condition is ...
    • Your TS videos
      Why not make your own video? If you have something you want to say about your TS that contributes to helping, supporting, reassuring and informing th...
    • Events
      If you have an event that you would like us to add to our calendar please email us with details. Select below to view our calendar as a grid or i...
    • TA online
      Sign up now to follow us at: Facebook Twitter Youtube If you want news direct to your inbox don’t forget to sign up to the TA newsletter...
    • TA Blog
      If you would like to write about your experiences of TS, we would love to hear from you. Please email us to find out more and discuss what you might l...
  • Get involved
    Donate to Tourettes Action Our work is funded completely by voluntary donations so your donation, be it £10 or £1,000, is essential in en...
    • Make a donation
      Without the support of people like you, it would not be possible for Tourettes Action (TA) to continue this work.We receive no government funding and ...
      • Other ways to donate
        Donate in celebration Is it your birthday soon or are you getting married? If so why not ask for donations to Tourettes Action instead of presents? I...
      • Leave a legacy
        Leaving Tourettes Action a gift in your will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways that you can support us. It costs nothing during your lifeti...
    • Fundraise for TA
      There are lots of ways to get involved with fundraising for TA. Many of our supporters collect sponsorship for taking part in an organised challenge, ...
      • Fundraise your way
        Your options on events to organise are limited only by your imagination. Here are some ideas: Ask your school to organise a non-uniform day in aid ...
      • Sponsored challenges
        Run the London Marathon for TA The Virgin London Marathon is the biggest charity event in the world. TA is lucky to have one charity Golden Bond for ...
    • Shop
      Order your goodies now Our TA merchandise make great presents or order some for yourself to show your support. Add items to your shopping basket and ...
    • Take part in research
      Become a Research Participant! Research needs YOU! Without research participants there would be NO research. Without research there would be NO pro...
    • Volunteer for TA
      We currently have a variety of volunteering opportunities available: Helpdesk volunteers Our Helpdesk is a vital service that provides information a...
  • TS & professionals
    Guidance for education professionals Tourettes Action has compiled advice for teachers and other professionals working in education and supporting a ...
    • Advice for teachers
      Tourettes Action knows that many teachers, special education co-ordinators and other education professionals have little experience of the condition a...
      • Presentations for schools
        Tourettes Action has put together presentations that can be delivered in schools to staff and pupils to explain the condition. Why explain TS to your...
    • Advice for employers
      Many people with TS have amazing streaks of creativity. There are no jobs closed to people with TS. People with the condition work as chefs, bricklaye...
    • Advice for doctors
      Tourettes Action understands that TS is a complicated condition and not one that all healthcare professionals have experience of working with. That is...
    • Videos about TS
      You can also explore our Resource Library to watch videos about TS, including the latest television programmes looking at the condition. Our why not v...
  • News
  • About TA
    Find out more about Tourettes Action You can find out more about who we are and what we do: TA staff TA accounts Jobs at TA Contact Tourettes...
    • TA team
      TA staff Suzanne Dobson Chief Executive Suzanne works full time in our office in Farnborough, Hampshire. She is responsible for the runni...
    • TA accounts
      TA accounts - 2015 - 2016 TA accounts - 2014 - 2015 TA accounts - 2013 - 2014 If you have any questions about the TA accounts please email us....
    • Jobs at TA
      There are currently no vacancies for positions at TA.  However, we are often looking for volunteers to support our work. Please check our volunt...
    • Contact us
    • Media enquiries
      Tourettes Action can provide the media with: Up to date and accurate information on TS Comment from leading figures and healthcare professionals ...
    • Privacy policy
      The term ‘Tourettes Action’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is Tourette...
  • Donate
    The money you donate goes a long way • £300 pays for a member of staff to visit a school to support a pupil with TS• &...
  • Research
    HOW TO APPLY – for researchers. Please submit an Expression of Interest form by Friday 25th November, 2016. These will be reviewed and, if foun...

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