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Support for young people

Most people with Tourette Syndrome (TS) are diagnosed as children or teenagers. Children generally start to tic between ages five and seven, but they can start as young as three years old.

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 quite difficult to read, so we have put together information specifically for young people.

Tourette Syndrome - the simple truth

Tourettes Action asked young people what questions they wanted answered about TS, and we've attempted to answer them here, including:

  • What is TS?
  • Will I swear?
  • What might help my tics
  • Should I tell people in school that I have TS?
  • Can I do the same things as my friends, like going to the cinema?
  • Will anybody want to go out with me?
  • Will I be able to get a job?
  • Is there anybody famous with TS?

You can read our answers to all your questions in our guide for young people, 'Tourette Syndrome - the simple truth.'

Other TA information for young people

  • Facebook - follow Tourettes Action to find out all the latest news about TS and upcoming events
  • Twitter - follow us for the latest news on TS
  • Video wall - visit our video wall to watch young people talk about life with TS.  
  • Support in school - information for you and your parents to get the best support in school, university and further education

Other information for young people with TS

  • Tourettes Hero – Jess Thom and her team of creatives celebrate the humour and creativity of Tourette Syndrome through witty musings and art. 

Books about TS for young people

You'll find more books and information in our Resources Library.

"In assembly, one of the teachers told me to stop flicking my shoe. When I looked at him, my eyes rolled up in a tic. He kept me in at break for being rude, I was too embarassed to tell him it was a tic"

 
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