Soccer Superstar Tim Howard Surprises 
Leadership Academy with Live Chat

The 5th annual NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy took place at Rutgers University from August 2-5.  The intensive four-day training promoted self-advocacy, self-leadership, resilience and grit-all important skills to succeed while living with Tourette Syndrome.
Created in 2014 in partnership with legendary goalkeeper and TS advocate Tim Howard, currently of the Colorado Rapids, the Academy is the only self-leadership program for teens diagnosed with TS in the nation. The 2018 class was made up of teens from Australia, Canada, California, Texas, Minnesota, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Howard, a New Jersey  native who was diagnosed with TS as a kid, surprised the teens by calling in to video chat with the group. During the 30 minute conversation, he fielded questions about everything from disclosing his TS publicly to his plans after retirement. He told them that in his mind, TS "chose me," so he has always accepted the disorder as a part of who he is.
TS Rocks Finds a Home in South Jersey

The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome will be hosting the second annual TS Rocks presented by Dietz & Watson at Indian Acres Tree Farm in Medford on Saturday, September 22, from 12 to 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music, vendors, and access to all of the Indian Acres Fall activities including kids' activities, a corn maze and a hay ride to the pumpkin patch.

"We welcome the community to join us in creating awareness and support for the tens of thousands of New Jersey's kids and adults with Tourette Syndrome," said NJCTS Board Member and Medford resident, Tim Yingling.  "The support will go a long way in helping NJCTS provide more educational outreach, youth development, research and awareness programs for the TS community."

 
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Thank you to our families that came out to our first NJCTS Family Picnic. It was a blast! 

   

    

Back to School Time! 

Our kids are heading back to school. Are they ready? Are YOU? We are here to help. 

NJCTS Youth Advocates are available to come into your child's classroom and talk about TS ... what it is, how it affects learning and why it's important to be kind. 

Our TS education specialists can also set up a faculty in-service with your child's teachers. This is not only beneficial to your child, but to the entire school population. Please email info@njcts.org to learn more or set up a presentation in your child's school.

Do you think your student is interested in becoming an advocate for themselves and others with TS? Then you may want to consider joining us at our Youth Advocate trainings in October. (info below). 

Speaking of our Youth Advocates...Sam Regen, who only took our training last year, gave a speech to 3,000 teens and parents during a Jacob Sartorius concert at Six Flags Great Adventure on August 25. That's Sam on stage in the photo.  Sam did a wonderful job and touched everyone in the arena with his message of resilience and self-acceptance. View Sam's speech. 
NJCTS Youth Advocate Training

October 13:  For 13 to 17-year olds
October 27: For 10 to 12-year olds
Both trainings take place at Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Voorhees, NJ. Learn More and Register Online.
In the News:

  A&E's Raising Tourettes follows amazing teens trying to fit in
A&E Network tells the remarkable stories and exceptional triumphs of families raising adolescents with Tourette Syndrome in the new six-part docuseries "Raising Tourette's." (aetv.com)

For two decades, Tim Howard has put his stamp on the game of soccer, a career that includes World Cup records, an All-Star MVP, and years tending the net in the Premier League and MLS. He's accomplished it all while dealing with the tics and twitches of Tourette Syndrome, and one of his greatest accomplishments is his advocacy for others living with the Tourette's. (mlssoccer.com)

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Upcoming Webinars


September 18
The Relationship Between TS and Autism
Presenter:   Dr. Roger Kurlan

October 17
STOP: An Anti-Bullying Guide for Families, Schools, and Others Working with Children
Presenter:  Dr. Graham Hartke





Interested in Volunteering? 

 

We are always looking for a "few good people" to provide some support for the organization. Are you interested is doing some clerical work, helping at an event or assisting at a convention? Do you have a student that needs volunteer hours? There are a number of ways that we need and can use volunteers. Please take a moment to click the link below and fill out a volunteer form. Someone will get in touch with you to discuss the possibilities.

 

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TS Rocks Recap, Anti-Bullying Month, 2019 Virtual Walk