For Immediate Release

Professionals on Identifying Signs,
Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome

Healthcare, Education, Psychology Professionals Invited to Attend Grand Rounds Session at St. Mary Hospital, Hoboken, NJ
on December 13 from 9-10:30 am

The Tourette Syndrome Association of NJ and St. Mary Hospital, Hoboken, NJ are hosting Grand Rounds. Dr. Dorothy Grice, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, will present the program "TOURETTE SYNDROME AND ASSOCIATED MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS; A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO SYMPTOM IDENTIFICATION, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT."

The practicum will provide healthcare professionals with the tools to evaluate and identify the signs and symptoms of Tourette Syndrome (TS) in patients. The program will be held on December 13 at St. Mary Hospital, 308 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030, (201) 418-1000, from 9:00am to 10:30am.

Dorothy Grice, M.D., of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, leads the clinical program for the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS).

Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers and other Mental Health and Educational Professionals involved in the treatment and care of children and adolescents are invited to attend.

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal (phonic) sounds called tics. According to the National Institutes of Health, the incidence of Tourette Syndrome in the general population may be as high as 1 in 200-or 28,000 children and adolescents in New Jersey alone. Many of these children remain misdiagnosed or undiagnosed often for several years as many healthcare professionals have very little training or experience treating children with TS, and often don't associate Tourette Syndrome with its accompanying disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, impulse control and depression. TS impacts every facet of a child's life: physical, social, emotional, and academic. What's more, when Tourette Syndrome is undiagnosed and drugs for treating other disorders are prescribed, they often aggravate symptoms, making life for the child and his family even more difficult.

To register call Ms. Lori Pineda, Education and CME Department at 201-418-1488 or the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey office at 908-575-7350. There is no charge to attend however space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first come basis. For more information about the Mental Health and Social Services provided at St. Mary Hospital call 201-418-1000.

For more information about Tourette Syndrome including support groups, school in-services and college workshops contact:

Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey, Inc.

50 Division Street * Somerville, NJ 08876

Phone 908-575-7350 * Fax 908-575-8699

Web Site: www.tsanj.org * e-mail: info@tsanj.org