Dr. Ken Phelps & Susan Conners head to Athens in July!

JULY 11th and JULY 12th, 2018 at The Graduate Athens

TAA Meet & Greet!

Join the TAA’s National Director of Development, Tracey Alexander, at the Graduate Athens Wednesday, July 11th at 5pm to learn more about research updates and national community programs. A great opportunity to network with other TS families and professionals, as well as meet with national TAA staff. For more information, please contact Tracey Alexander @

3rd Annual Parent Workshops in Athens

Plan to be with us in Athens during the week of Camp Twitch & Shout this summer! Both workshop are open to the public for registration. Tuition is free for parents of our 2018 Camp Twitch & Shout registered campers for both days. A $30 workshop fee for our Wednesday's workshop with Sue Conners only for all other registrants.

Wednesday July 11th: Noon until 5pm

FREE for parents of Campers - $30 fee for all other registrants

Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders in the Classroom

SUSAN CONNERS This workshop will be hosted by T.I.C.S., Inc.

(Sponsorship to be announced)

Thursday July 12th: 9am until 4pm

FREE for ALL attendees - sponsored by the TAA & CDC

Dr. KEN PHELPS will be hosting a one-day seminar for parents of children with a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome in Athens, GA at The Graduate Hotel sponsored by the Tourette Association of America (TAA) through funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

TS & Education: Wednesday Sue Conners from Noon until 5pm

This workshop will be an in depth discussion of all of the symptomology of Tourette Syndrome. It will also deal with the most common neurological disorders associated with TS, in particular, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dysgraphia, Executive Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Learning Disabilities and the impact of all of these disorders on social emotional well-being, classroom performance and home and school behaviors. It will include specific classroom and home strategies and techniques for working with these children in a variety of settings as well as introduce participants to a Functional Behavior Assessment created for children with all these disorders. Parents and educators alike are often confused about the process of obtaining educational services for struggling students regardless of their disability. We will explore all the options available for services in school including appropriate 504 Plans and IEP’s, who is eligible and what these documents should include.

Sue is the Author of "The Tourette Syndrome and OCD Checklist". This book provides a wealth of information on Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and related conditions Includes strategies for discipline and behavior management, advice on supporting and motivating kids with TS and OCD, homework tips, and more Shows how to educate peer students about TS and OCD

Loaded with practical information, strategies, and resources, this book helps parents and teachers to better understand Tourette Syndrome and OCD and shows how every individual can reach their potential in school and in life.

TS & Associated Disorders: Thursday with Dr. Phelps from 9am until 4pm

Sponsored by the Tourette Association of America (TAA):

Motor and vocal tics can cause significant distress and impairment for individuals living with Tourette’s Disorder. The disruption in daily life is not confined to the individual coping with tics, as parents, siblings and extended family are also impacted by the noises and repetitive movements. Dr. Phelps will address, via lecture and discussion, the impact of Tourette’s Disorder and co-occurring conditions on the family system. Specific strategies to foster resilience and manage relational tension will be discussed.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Phelps will overview what is known about Tourettic Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Tic-Related OCD. Similarities and differences between this form of OCD and other presentations of the condition will be covered, as well as evidence based treatments to minimize daily interference. Specifically, the components of Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) and mindfulness based techniques will be summarized.

Both morning and afternoon sessions will include extensive time for group discussion, networking among parents, and discussions around accessing providers with proper training.

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Hotel Information

During the week of Camp Twitch & Shout we provide an opportunity for you to be around other families and get to know them during the camp week (ask about the "Pirate's Den"...). Mary Lamb is our Parent Rep and will be staying at The Graduate Hotel during the week of camp.

The Graduate Hotel still has rooms available for July 7th through the 13th - yet the night of the 13th (after camp is over - checking out on the 14th) is now completely booked and no rooms are available for that night. If you have not made your reservations yet...I highly recommend that you do it asap. Calling during the day time is best.

The Graduate Hotel is also the site of our Parent Workshops and The Foundry (which is a bar/event venue on site). During the week they allow guests to attend any of their events for free - others will have a cover charge. There is an Outdoor Pool and Coffee Shop & Lounge - no breakfast served.

$70 per night

The Graduate Hotel

706-549-7020 (don't let them send you to Central Reservations - call during day)

Camp Twitch & Shout code is "CA 0706"

The Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express on the other side of downtown have also just offered us a reduced rate as well. They do have this reduced rate available for Friday night July 13th. I have 10 rooms blocked each at the following hotels.

The Holiday Inn is a little closer and nicer and is about 7 blocks from The Graduate Hotel - it has a larger breakfast available yet not included in the rate. Outdoor Pool and Fitness Center.

The Holiday Inn Express is about 9 blocks yet includes breakfast. They have an Indoor Pool and Fitness Center.

Group code is TWT for both hotels

Holiday Inn # is 706-549-4433

Holiday Inn Express # is 706-546-8122

$89 per night

Holiday Inn:

$79 per night

Holiday Inn Express:

TICS, Inc./ Camp Twitch & Shout

“Our mission is to improve the lives of people diagnosed with Tourette syndrome through the development of social, educational, and supportive programs and resources to benefit these individuals as well as their families, friends, communities, and healthcare professionals.”

A program of the 501c3 nonprofit corporation the Tourette Information Center & Support (T.I.C.S.), Camp Twitch & Shout is a 1 week overnight camp for children ages 8 to 17 with a confirmed diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome. Located in Winder, GA at Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way, the program will be going in to their 10th summer in 2018! Camp Twitch & Shout is an Award Winning American Camp Association Accredited camp...winning both the Regional Edie Klein Program of Excellence, and the National Eleanor P. Eells Program of Excellence Awards.

Donations and communication can be sent to our


Camp Twitch & Shout/ TICS

2472 Jett Ferry Road, Suite 400-156

Dunwoody, GA 30338

EIN: 58-1667107