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 run by volunteers and the funds raised by this annual event are used to support ongoing activities such as:

  • Monthly parent support group meetings in Edmonton.

  • Social events for TS families including Family BBQ’s, Night at the Zoo, corn maze evenings, swim parties and more which allows individuals to meet other families with TS and share coping skills.

  • In-service presentations to students, schools, service organizations, places of employment, groups of families with a new diagnosis.
  • Toll-free information and support line.
  • Edmonton Chapter website for access to resources and the local TS community.
  • Presentations and information tables at teacher’s and teacher’s assistant conferences.

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

  • Summer camps for children and teens with TS. There are 3-week long day camps for children with TS ages 5 - 13.
  • 2 weekly Teen’s Night Out for youth with TS ages 11-15 and another group for teens 16+.
  • Free copies of Understanding Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Educators are being donated to ALL public and Catholic schools in Edmonton to help educate schools about the social and educational needs of their students with TS.  
  • Bursaries are available for children and youth to attend summer camps
  • Bursaries are also available for families to attend the Tourette Canada National Conference held in Winnipeg this year.

For more information please visit:
www.tsedmonton.com

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