Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week 3-9 May 2015

Awareness week is intended to make us stop, think and understand more about Tourette Syndrome.

#I’m Just Like You CAMPAIGN

To give an inside view, TSAA created a 3 minute video with children and families affected by TS while attending an annual camp. The input of the children themselves determined the content—from their perspective and personal experiences.

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The challenge is simple

Watch the video
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Change your status on FaceBook or other to a (tic) ✔
Nominate 10 people to change their status

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2015 Awareness Week Information Sheet

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder for which there is no known cure. Awareness, understanding and acceptance are our key strategies to improve the quality of life for those with TS.
TSAA is the only organisation in Australia comitted to supporting people effected by Tourette Syndrome. TSAA is a volunteer, self funded registered charity. After 26 years of campaigning and spreading awareness most people in the community have now heard the term Tourettes—but few have a true understanding of what it means.

Help us shine the light on the facts

In 2015 most people have heard of Tourettes however few have an accurate
understanding of what it is. Below are 5 facts to get you started.
#1: Tourettes is NOT bad behaviour, or swearing, or ‘put on’— it is neurological
#2: Tourettes is NOT rare—A little known fact is TS affects 1% of the childhood population
#3: Tourettes is NOT just tics, over 80% also have comorbid conditions
#4: Tourettes does NOT affect intelligence—we are as smart as the other 99% of the population
#5: Tourettes is NOT catching it is genetic—we have done nothing wrong to have TS

Welcome to the Tourette Syndrome Association
of Australia Inc.

Tourette Syndrome, (TS), is a neurological disorder characterised by involuntary, irresistible body movements and vocalizations. It is complex and individual in its effect. See What is Tourette Syndrome? for a more detailed description.

People with TS seek understanding and acceptance. This website is designed to educate and inform those wishing to know more about this complex disorder.

An Introduction to life with Tourettes

The above video was created in 2008 by TSAA for our awareness campaign. As TS is 3 to 4 times more common in boys than girls and usually diagnosed around age 8 or 9, we focused on an 8 year old boy to tell the story. We chose to portray a mild to ‘average’ case to counter balance the more severe cases normally shown in the media. TS is a spectrum disorder making it important to represent the full range of cases. TS symptoms vary from mere aggravation to severe debilitation.

TS was first described in 1825 by French physician Itard in relation to a French noble woman Marquise de Dampierre, who exhibited strange body movements and peculiar vocalisations and obscene remarks from the age of seven.

In 1885 George Gilles de la Tourette began research into Tourette Syndrome being the first to connect multiple, complex and varied symptoms forming a syndrome. Dr Tourette named the syndrome ‘Maladie des Tics’ which was later named in recognition of his discovery, and called ‘Gilles de la Tourette’ — so we have known about it for a long time, however even today it still remains misunderstood by many.

Appropriate medical care can help control symptoms, while understanding and acceptance can accomplish even more.

Jean Marc Gaspard Itard

Jean Marc Gaspard Itard

George Gilles de la Tourette

George Gilles de la Tourette