About TS

Tourette Canada

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a relatively common neurological or “neurochemical” disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by tics— involuntary movements or vocalizations that occur randomly. These tics wax and wane over time. 1 in 100 people have TS.

People with TS are likely to have additional disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, behavioural problems, sleep disorders, mood disorders, sensory processing disorder, and difficulties with impulse control (disinhibition).

Tourette Canada is a national voluntary non-profit organization assisting individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS) and its associated disorders. It is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with or affected by, Tourette Syndrome through programs of education, advocacy, self-help and the promotion of research.

The Edmonton Chapter of Tourette Canada is completely run by volunteers and the funds raised by this event are used to support ongoing activities including:

  • Monthly support group meetings in Edmonton.
  • Toll-free information and support line.
  • Edmonton Chapter website for access to resources and the local TS community.
  • In-service presentations to students, schools, service organizations, places of employment, groups of families with a new diagnosis.
  • Presentations and information tables at teacher’s and teacher’s assistant conferences.
  • Social Events for TS families including Family BBQ’s, Swim Parties and to give individuals a chance to meet other families with TS and share coping skills.

In addition, due to the increasing success of this event, we are also now able to offer:

  • Four camps in Edmonton. There are 2 weeklong day camps for children with TS ages 8 -10, and 10-13.
  • Two week-long overnight camps for kids with TS in Nordegg, Alberta at the Center for Outdoor Education for ages 9 -13 and a brand new camp for ages 14+.
  • A weekly Teen’s Night Out in Edmonton for youth with TS.
  • Over 115 copies of Understanding Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Families were donated to public libraries in Edmonton and surrounding areas.
  • Free copies of the Tourette Canada Educators’ Resource Kit are made available to schools and the Tourette Clinic to assist with educating others about the social and educational needs of TS students.
  • Bursaries are made available for youth/children to attend the youth/children’s track of the Tourette Canada National Conference.

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