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Dec
19
2013

Top 13 TS Moments of 2013

2013 was a big year for the TS community both in Canada and internationally. Here's the TSFC’s list of the biggest TS moments of 2013. Do they matc...

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Dec
12
2013

Local TSFC Volunteer Wins City Award

TSFC Ottawa Chapter volunteer and businessperson Frank Spartico (shown centre) received a Business Volunteer Award from Mayor Jim Watson and Counci...

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Nov
13
2013

What Are Your ‘Tic Triggers’?

When someone talks about what causes TS, they’re usually referring to the underlying genetic factors that lead a person to be born with it. But whe...

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Nov
12
2013

Caring for the Caregiver—Spotlight on Respite Services, Part 4: Respite Services in Eastern Canada

There are a variety of respite program options in Eastern Canada including several summer camp programs. These respite programs are listed below by...

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Nov
06
2013

Guest Blogger 10-year-old Sam Kaplun: Project Give Back

When I first heard of it, all that I knew about it was that I might have it! Tourette Syndrome. What the tic was that, I thought. My mom told me th...

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Nov
05
2013

Caring for the Caregiver—Spotlight on Respite Services, Part 3: Respite Services in Central Canada (Ontario & Quebec)

here are three respite service programs that are available across Ontario. “Community Care Access Centres”or CCASs offer services for children or y...

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Oct
30
2013

Research Update: The Genetics of TS and OCD

The genetic architecture of TS is largely unknown. Geneticists agree that TS is indeed a hereditary or genetic condition, meaning it is passed down...

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Oct
23
2013

Caring for the Caregiver—Spotlight on Respite Services, Part 2: Respite Services in Western Canada

There are several respite services and supports offered throughout Western Canada. Below is a detailed description of each Western province’s gover...

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Oct
16
2013

Caring for the Caregiver—Spotlight on Respite Services, Part 1: What Are “Respite Services”?

Many different supports and services exist for exceptional children and their caregivers. Understanding what each service offers and whether you qu...

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Oct
11
2013

Changing Lives With “The Space Between You And Me”

The Space Between You And Me is a powerful art installation that moves people who experience it.  It’s a captivating exhibit, managing to express w...

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Sep
16
2013

2nd Annual Gooberpalooza a Fundraising Success!

Super volunteer Angie Richardson recently organized a local BBQ fundraiser called Gooberpalooza, for the second year in a row. Reports Angie: The s...

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Aug
14
2013

Perfect is Perfect!

Recently, a number of films have emerged that depict Tourette Syndrome faithfully and expressively, such as Different is the New Normal and the sho...

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Aug
13
2013

Basic Finances for Youth, Part 5: How to Open a Chequing Account

Not just anyone can open a personal bank account, right? Wrong! It is your right to open a personal bank account. You can’t be denied this right ev...

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Aug
12
2013

Basic Finances for Youth, Part 4: How to Use a Credit Card

Many of our older youth have told us that they have tremendous challenges with handling money and understanding basic finances. This blog series ai...

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Jul
31
2013

Tourette Syndrome: The Video Game

What if you could learn about what it's like to have Tourette Syndrome while enjoying a video game experience? Well now you can! Introducing Touret...

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Jul
17
2013

Basic Finances for Youth, Part 3: How to Choose a Credit Card

Many of our older youth have told us that they have tremendous challenges with handling money and understanding basic finances. This new blog serie...

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Jul
16
2013

Basic Finances for Youth, Part 2: How to Improve Your Credit Score

Many of our older youth have told us that they have tremendous challenges with handling money and understanding basic finances. This new blog serie...

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Jul
15
2013

Basic Finances for Youth, Part 1: The 411 on Your Credit Score

Many of our older youth have told us that they have tremendous challenges with handling money and understanding basic finances. This new blog serie...

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Jul
02
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: What is the Genetic Probability of Passing On TS?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, I am writing to inquire about some information on the genetics of Tourette Syndrome. I look on the TSFC website and the Tourette B...

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Jun
24
2013

The Twitterverse has TS?!?: Surrender Your Say Makes For A Second Successful Campaign with Saatchi & Saatchi

Surrender Your Say: Unique TS Awareness-raising Project This June, Saatchi & Saatchi and the TSFC joined forces again to raise awareness about ...

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Jun
20
2013

Surrender Your Say Reaches Over 3,000,000 People in First 24 Hours of Campaign

It's true. This brilliant TS awareness campaign is exploding across Canada and beyond, and thousands of people, including Rick Mercer and Howie Man...

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Jun
13
2013

Surrender Your Say is Coming

Imagine if the people around you, your friends, family, fellow students, co-workers, even the people you pass on the street, could know what it fee...

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May
31
2013

Guest Bloggers Laura & Peter Locke: The Journey from Diagnosis to Self-Acceptance

Part of the TSFC’s mission is to help individuals affected by TS through programs of self-help. That is why this week, the Tourette Blog will focus...

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May
30
2013

Guest Blogger Tina T.: My TS, My Story: Part 3 — How I Cope With Tics

Part of the TSFC’s mission is to help individuals affected by TS through programs of self-help. That is why this week, the Tourette Blog will focus...

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May
29
2013

Guest Blogger Tina T.: My TS, My Story: Part 2 — Understanding My Tics, Explaining My Understanding

Part of the TSFC’s mission is to help individuals affected by TS through programs of self-help. That is why this week, the Tourette Blog will focus...

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May
28
2013

Guest Blogger Tina T.: My TS, My Story: Part 1 — Diagnosis

Part of the TSFC’s mission is to help individuals affected by TS through programs of self-help. That is why this week, the Tourette Blog will focus...

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May
27
2013

Your Brain Explained: A New, Free Resource From The TSFC

Part of the TSFC’s mission is to help individuals affected by TS through programs of self-help. That is why this week,  the Tourette Blog will focu...

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May
24
2013

Guest Blogger Jordan Etherington: A Review of Dianne Linden’s On Fire

On Fire is a young adult novel that has a solid storyline and interesting characters, along with an accurate and well thought out portrayal of some...

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May
23
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: Will My Child Be Born With TS?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, I have TS and I am thinking about having a baby. Will my child be born with TS too? Thanks for your help, Possible Parent   Dear Po...

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May
07
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: Can I Be Evicted For My Tics?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, I just moved into an apartment building. I am worried that a neighbour will complain about my tics, particularly my coprolalia....

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Apr
30
2013

Toronto Auction Proceeds Presented to the TSFC

A huge thank you to three generous and hard-working Toronto security department employees: Phil, Sonya and Craig. This talented trio recently organ...

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Apr
24
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: How do I support the caregiver of a person with TS?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, HELP! My grandson has been diagnosed with TS complete with the Jekyll and Hyde rages which are overwhelming for my daughter to say ...

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Apr
24
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: How do I support the caregiver of a person with TS?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, HELP! My grandson has been diagnosed with TS complete with the Jekyll and Hyde rages which are overwhelming for my daughter to say ...

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Apr
15
2013

Guest Blogger Laura Locke: Removing the Road Blocks for Students with Coprolalia

Coprolalia: Utterance of obscene, aggressive or otherwise socially unacceptable words or phrases. (Glossary, Understanding Tourette Syndrome: a Han...

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Apr
15
2013

Guest Blogger Laura Locke: Removing the Road Blocks for Students with Coprolalia

Coprolalia: Utterance of obscene, aggressive or otherwise socially unacceptable words or phrases. (Glossary, Understanding Tourette Syndrome: a Han...

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Apr
09
2013

Setting Myths About TS “On Fire”: an Interview with Author Dianne Linden and Her Inspiration, Granddaughter Erika

TSFC member Dianne Linden is the author of a new YA-adult crossover novel, On Fire. The character Matti Iverly, one of the narrators in the book, i...

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Apr
09
2013

Setting Myths About TS “On Fire”: an Interview with Author Dianne Linden and Her Inspiration, Granddaughter Erika

TSFC member Dianne Linden is the author of a new YA-adult crossover novel, On Fire. The character Matti Iverly, one of the narrators in the book, i...

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Apr
08
2013

Getting the Jump on Kid’s Summer Camps

Often staff at a typical summer camp are unable to accommodate children or youth with TS Plus, whose challenges may include OCD, ADHD, mood dis...

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Apr
08
2013

Getting the Jump on Kid’s Summer Camps

Often staff at a typical summer camp are unable to accommodate children or youth with TS Plus, whose challenges may include OCD, ADHD, mood disorde...

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Apr
04
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: My Daughter Just Got Diagnosed, And I Don’t Know What To Do!

Dear Dr. Ticcy, My daughter was just diagnosed with TS. I don’t know what to do. I am a teacher but I don’t have experience with TS. Please help! F...

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Apr
04
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: My Daughter Just Got Diagnosed, And I Don’t Know What To Do!

Dear Dr. Ticcy, My daughter was just diagnosed with TS. I don’t know what to do. I am a teacher but I don’t have experience with TS. Please help! F...

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Apr
02
2013

Guest Blogger Douglas Coll: A Message To All Trekkers

Dear Trekkers, Thank you all so much for your passion, enthusiasm and leadership! What an amazing day... again! We all know that raising money is i...

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Apr
01
2013

It’s TSFC Volunteer Month!

Did you know that Canada has 13.3 million volunteers? To recognize the contributions of this giving group, volunteer organizations everywhere celeb...

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Mar
22
2013

We’re in the Home Stretch!

The idiom “the home stretch” is an apt one for today. This morning, I looked it up on the internet to see exactly how it's defined by online dictio...

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Mar
14
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: How do I deal with my child’s coprolalia?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, How do I deal with my child’s coprolalia? Thanks, Perplexed Parent   Dear Perplexed, First, let’s ensure that you and all of our re...

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Mar
08
2013

The Real Mothers of Kids with TS: Candy of Barrie, ON

Three years ago, my nine-year-old son was continuously popping his shoulder out of place. No matter how many times I pleaded with him, disciplined ...

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Mar
04
2013

Guest Blogger Lisa Kaplaniak: A Successful Weekend of TS Awareness

Hamilton Halton Niagara Chapter spent the weekend at the Pen Centre promoting awareness and answering questions about our chapter, the Trek & t...

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Feb
27
2013

Guest Blogger Shari L.: Winnipeg Students Learn About TS and How to Give Back

Shari is the mother of two children including Evan, an eight-year-old boy who has TS and loves to play hockey. Shari lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba an...

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Feb
25
2013

Rage Episodes, Part 3: Treatment & Coping Strategies

Parts one and two of this blog series explored the definition of a rage episode and its causes. Rage episodes are anger outbursts that are out of p...

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Feb
22
2013

Rage Episodes, Part 2: What Causes Rage Episodes?

Some people with TS+ experience rage episodes or neurological storms. To learn more about what constitutes a neurological storm, please read part o...

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Feb
21
2013

Rage Episodes, Part 1: What is a Rage Episode?

Neurological storms, rage episodes, rage attacks, explosive rage—it has many names. Regardless of the term, they describe the same phenomenon: a pe...

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Feb
15
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: Should I tell the parent of my child’s playmate about my child’s TS?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, I have a question regarding play dates. When my son or daughter meets a new friend do I tell/warn the parent about my son or daught...

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Feb
01
2013

Magic Trek Moments

One thing we've learned over the years is that the Trek isn't just a critical fundraiser. It does so many things for people, from giving kids the o...

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Jan
31
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: Can magnets help treat TS?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, I heard that doctors are now using magnets to treat TS. Is this true? Is the treatment available in Canada? Sincerely, Curious   De...

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Jan
09
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: What is hyperacusis and how is it treated?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, Several people I know, including myself, have TS and something called hyperacusis. What is hyperacusis and how is it treated? Since...

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Jan
07
2013

Ask Dr. Ticcy: Can Dental Appliances Cure TS?

Dear Dr. Ticcy, I saw an article on the internet that says that dentists can cure TS, but I also know that there is no cure for TS. Can you explain...

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