Welcome to Tourette Syndrome “Plus.” Over the years, this web site has grown and been redesigned, but I’m proud to say that it’s one of the best resources anywhere for information on TS and its associated disorders.
When you’re done reading up on this site, check out the companion TS+ Blog to keep up-to-date with the newest research on these conditions and to get advocacy news and tips to help you parent or advocate for your child. I also publish the SchoolBehavior.com web site for educators.
Want something you can use to help you plan for your child or student, or need information to give the parents of your young patients? Check out my books, linked from the home page. Other great resources are listed on the TS+ Blog and on ChallengingKids.com.
If you are a returning visitor, welcome back! If you are a first-time visitor, an introduction to the concept of “TS+” is in order.
In 1992, after realizing that most of the children I was working with did not have just Tourette’s Syndrome, but also had other disorders such as ADHD or OCD, I coined the term “TS+” to remind parents and educators that many children with Tourette’s Syndrome have features of other disorders that we need to screen for, treat, and/or accommodate. “TS+” is my way of reminding ourselves that not every neurological symptom is due to Tourette’s Syndrome and that we may mislead our children’s teachers if we lump everything under Tourette’s by saying, “That’s part of his/her TS.”
“TS+” is not a diagnosis. It is just a short-hand way of communicating that a child, teen, or adult has more than “just TS.” Over the years, this site expanded to include coverage of the other disorders commonly observed in conjunction with TS. Learning what disorders emerge at what ages and what to “be on the lookout for” can help parents, teachers, and clinicians recognize when symptoms of another disorder may be emerging.