Below is a summary of upcoming meeting and events for the 2015-16 school year. Unless otherwise indicated, events will be in the St. Louis area. Where available, follow the provided links for more information.
Oct.1: 7:00-8:30 Back To School Night, Destiny Church(basement), 1809 Des Peres Rd. 63131 Jackie Schechter(Washington University Senior) and Kurtis & Courtney Matzkind(Kurtis is a high school teacher w/TS) talk about their experiences growing up with TS and navigating successfully through school, jobs, and relationships.
Lynn Dunlap(Special Education teacher and School Psychological Examiner) will also be available for questions, and a book review on current literature pertaining to TS.
Parents, Teachers, and Students are welcome. Teacher information packets will be available for you to take to your child’s school.
January – Children’s Activity(To Be Announced)
June – Children’s Activity (To Be Announced)
Look for upcoming information about our First Annual Tourette Syndrome Walk!
In addition, if you would like to request an association speaker for your child’s school, please contact us at 314-984-9019.
Please take 3-4 minutes and help students and adults who have Tourette Syndrome. By clicking the links below, you will be provided with an easy, and quick method to automatically send an important email to your representations regarding education issues and funding for TS research. Additionally, this will result in awareness that TS is an important disorder that impacts thousands of their constituents and which requires their continued support. Following are brief summaries and links.
- Students who are bright and have diagnoses that interfere with their education are being denied necessary services.
- Manifestation Determination protection MUST NOT be removed from IDEA. This protects students with disabilities from being suspended for symptoms. For additional information regarding protections provided by manifestation determination, read Letter of the Month that is at the top of TS website Education Page. http://tsa-usa.org/Education/education_main.htm
- Require that College Education Majors and teachers who are re-certifying receive information regarding TS
Ø Include TS in Research
Tourette Association has an opportunity to be included in a bill regarding funding for research of neurological disorders.http://cqrcengage.com/tsa/app/write-a-letter?11&engagementId=123893
Thank you in advance.
When: Thursday April 9th, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Where: Destiny Church (basement rear enterance) 1809 Des Peres Road, St. Louis, 63131
Panel members/ guest speakers:
Washington University Movement Disorders clinic specialists: Dr. Kevin Black & Dr. Sheel Pathak, Neurologist. The doctors are leading neurologists in the area with extensive TS experience. They are knowledgeable in the current treatments, therapies, and medications for children and families.
Patti Dean, Special School District for the Rockwood district. As an SSD teacher, Patti can address questions related to the best ways to help your children and work with teachers.
FREE TOURETTE SYNDROME WRISTBANDS FOR ALL ATTENDEES!!
We look forward to seeing you there!
A Washington University research study seeks participants!
A TS-related study is being conducted by doctors at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Kevin Black is conducting a study with children between the ages of five and 12 who are experiencing a recent onset (within the past six months) of “tics” — repetitive, involuntary sounds or movements such as eye blinking, sniffing, abdominal tensing, or making small noises.
The purpose of this study is to compare children who go on to develop Tourette Syndrome (TS) with those who do not. The study considers children ages five to 12 and defines “recent onset” as occurring within the past six months.
Requirements include three visits over approximately 12 months, questionnaires, assessments, interviews, genetic testing (saliva sample), and MRI scans. Volunteers will be compensated up to $310 for time and effort.
Parental permission is required. For more information, contact the study coordinator, Emily, at 314-362-2083 or email@example.com.
The deadline to RSVP for the Susan Conners event has been extended to Nov. 6th, so if you have not sent in your RSVP yet, you still have time! Please be sure to RSVP to Lynn Dunlap at Lmchd52@gmail.com.
Here is more information about the event:
On Saturday, Nov.8th – Susan Conners, retired middle school teacher w/TS, and nationally acclaimed speaker/author, will present Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom. She will feature her newest book, The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers and present.
Copies of the books, as well Tourette Syndrome wristbands and medical ID cards will be available. Children are welcome. Attendance is Free. RSVP to Lynn Dunlap at Lmchd52@gmail.com by November 1st. For more Information, please see the attached flyer:https://missouritsa.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/missouri-flyer-11-8-14.pdf
On Saturday, Nov.8th – Susan Conners, retired middle school teacher w/TS, and nationally acclaimed speaker/author, will present Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom. She will feature her newest book, The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers and present. Copies of the books, as well Tourette Syndrome wristbands and medical ID cards will be available. Children are welcome. Attendance is Free. RSVP to Lynn Dunlap at Lmchd52@gmail.com by November 1st.
For more information please see the attached flyer: Missouri Flyer 11-8-14
Thurs., Sept. 25th – Back-to-School Night 7-9p.m. Destiny Church (basement gym, around back of building) 1809 Des Peres Rd(off Manchester & 270). Jen Stenger, Ill. teacher w/TS and author of The Life That Chose Us, describing life as a teacher with TS. Handouts pertaining to the start of the school year will be available. Children are welcome. Please feel free to invite your child’s teacher.
Sat., Nov.8th – Drury Inn(Olive & 270) 9a.m.-12p.m., breakfast provided. Susan Conners, retired middle school teacher w/TS, and nationally acclaimed speaker/author, will feature her newest book, The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers. Copies of the books, as well Tourette Syndrome wristbands and medical ID cards will be available. Children are welcome. Attendance is Free. RSVP to Lynn Dunlap at Lmchd52@gmail.com by November 1st.
February – Children’s Activity To Be Determined, and announced at a later date. If you are interested in such an activity and have suggestions as to what you might like, please email us about that.
April – Date to be announced(Thursday night),7-9 p.m. “Ask the Dr./Pharmacist/Teacher” Panel. Destiny Church
Voice Your Support!
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (9-5 Est) Give a Collective and Powerful Voice to the Collaborative Academic Research Efforts for Tourette Syndrome Act (H.R. 4221/S.637).
H.R. 4221 / S. 637, also known as the CARE Act continues to gain momentum in Congress. Senator Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Senate Democrat and Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee recently became a cosponsor in order to show support for his constituents living with Tourette Syndrome. His support, plus the addition of 16 Congressmen as cosponsors as of the end of July are a sign of the growing support for TS research on Capitol Hill.
The CARE Act would:
Expand, intensify, and coordinate the National Institute of Health (NIH) programs and activities regarding scientific research on Tourette Syndrome.
Establish 4-6 Collaborative TS Research Centers.
Collect data on the prevalence, and impact of Tourette Syndrome in the US and the availability of medical and social services for individuals and families with Tourette Syndrome
Co-Sponsorship of H.R. 4221 / S. 637 is a crucial step in passing this bill into law.
Talk Now With Your US Congress Representatives, and let us know how it went! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL ACTION ALERT:
On Wednesday, August 20th Call your US House Representatives and US Senators to voice your support. Enlist the help of your friends and family. Ask them to reach out to their elected officials to communicate how important support for the CARE Act is to you.
Log onto TSA’s Public Policy Action Center between 9 am and 5pm EST to be connected to your US House Representative and Senators.
Hello, my name is (give your name) and I am calling from (City and State). Is your Healthcare Legislative Assistant available?
(Wait to be transferred. If not, continue with message.)
I would like to ask my (Representative/Senator) to Co-sponsor HR. 4221 / S. 637, the Collaborative Research Efforts for Tourette Syndrome (CARE) Act. This bill is critical for research into finding a cure for Tourette Syndrome to help individuals like me and all Americans living with Tourette Syndrome.
Thank you for relaying my message. End Call!