Tourette Syndrome Singapore

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Even though Tourette Syndrome is said to affect 1% of the population, most Singaporeans still do not know what Tourette Syndrome is.

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As part of our efforts to promote awareness of Tourette Syndrome in Singapore among the young population, our team conducted a talk on Tourette syndrome at Chung Cheng High School (Main) on 17th Oct 2008 as part of the students’ post exam activities.

Summary of Pictures for CCHS Talk

Summary of Pictures for CCHS Talk

It was a pleasant experience with the students, who mostly had not heard of Tourette Syndrome before.

Through our talk, we shared some of the symptoms, causes and treatments of Tourette Syndrome.

In addition, we showed some videos of Tourette Syndrome individuals sharing their feelings and thoughts. This enhanced the students’ understanding of Tourette Syndrome and how it has affected the lives of Tourette Syndrome individuals.

To allow the students to be able to relate to Tourette Syndrome individuals, we conducted a Tic Stimulation with them. This Tic Stimulation serves to let have a rough idea of how it feels like to have Tourette Syndrome – how distracting the tics can be while they are trying to concentrate on a task.

During the talk, we also informed the students about the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore which have already been around for 6 years to assist TS individuals, their families and caregivers.

Finally we ended with a Question and Answer session to see of the students had a greater insight of Tourette Syndrome.

Summary of Pictures for RGS Talk

Summary of Pictures for RGS Talk

Subsequently we also organized a second session of our talk at Raffles Girls School on 24th October 2008. During both of these talks, prizes sponsored by Golden Village was given to students who participated in the Tic Simulation and Q&A session.

More pictures of the 2 school talks to follow:

Our audience of Secondary 2 CCHS students

Our audience of Secondary 2 CCHS students

Our audience of sec 3 RGS students

Our audience of sec 3 RGS students

One of our speakers speaking

One of our speakers speaking to the crowd at CCHS on Tourette Syndrome's symptoms and behaviour

Beginning our Tic Simulation to engage the entire audience

Beginning our Tic Simulation to engage the entire audience

Educating the RGS audience of the stress felt by students with Tourette Syndrome during exams or studying

Educating the RGS audience of the stress felt by children or teens with TS during exams or studying through Tic Simulation

The CCHS audience getting excited during the Tic Simulation

The CCHS audience getting involved during the Tic Simulation

Participant of Q&A session

Participant of Q&A session answering a question

Prizes for Q&A and Tic Simulation experiment include movie posters, colour pencils and other movie merchandise sponsored by Golden Village.

Prizes for Q&A and Tic Simulation experiment include movie posters, colour pencils and other movie merchandise sponsored by Golden Village.

One of the RGS girl taking part in Tic Simulation

One of the RGS girl taking part in Tic Simulation with prizes waiting to be won

The audience watching one of the videos on the lives of children with Tourette Syndrome

The audience watching one of the videos on the lives of children with Tourette Syndrome

CCHS audience watching an video of how a local TS individual was treated during his school life

CCHS audience watching an video of how a local TS individual was treated during his school life

Educating the audience of the relaxation techniques useful for individuals with Tourette Syndrome

Educating the audience of the relaxation techniques useful for individuals with Tourette Syndrome

Reminding our young audience of the need to be understanding

Reminding our young audience of the need to be understanding

RGS students listening attentively

RGS students listening attentively

Introducing Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore to the audience and directing them to its website

Introducing Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore to the audience and its website

Elaborating on the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore and revenues of seeking help for TS indviduals

Elaborating on the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore and revenues of seeking help for TS indviduals

Lastly, we would like express our gratitude to everyone including our generous sponsors Golden Village, RGS and CCHS for making these 2 events possible.

As part of Institute of Mental Health’s 80th anniversary and in conjunction with the 5th Congress of the Asian Society For Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Profession(ASCAPAP), the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore organised Understanding Tourette Syndrome Public Forum on 30th August 2008 at Suntec City meeting rooms 303-305.

The aim of this forum was to raise awareness for about Tourette Syndrome (TS) through multi-talented presentations by sufferers, caregivers/parents, teachers, psychologists and psychiatrists.

During this forum, the audience of this forum was given a short introduction to Tourette Syndrome and learned that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) can accompany Tourette Syndrome.

Next, school teachers, parents and caregivers picked up tips on how to handle children with Tourette Syndrome, such as introducing a gluten-free diet which might decrease the frequency of symptoms in certain individuals. Sufferers who shared their personal experiences in coping with Tourette Syndrome gave the audience inspirational insights on living positively with the message “You have Tourettes but Tourette doesn’t have you.”

Lastly, an Q & A session gave several audience the chance to clear their doubts on Tourette Syndrome together with a panel of experts. The entire forum, lasting 2 hours, proved to be a great information session for those who would like to find out more about Tourette Syndrome. Although this forum was held concurrently with the Comex PC show which congested the entire Suntec City Convention Hall, that did not stop parents, caregivers and sufferers from attending what proved to be another successful event organised by TSCGS.

As part of our plans to promote the public awareness of Tourette Syndrome, we are trying to reach out to primary and secondary schools in Singapore to allow us the chance to organise and hold educational talks on Tourette Syndrome in their schools. As we realised that symptoms of Tourette Syndrome start to develop between the age of 8 to 14, the lack of knowledge of Tourette Syndrome among this age group leads to frequent teasing and bullying of young children with Tourette Syndrome. There are even cases of teachers mistaking kids with Tourette Syndrome for being mischievous or rebellious whenever they display TS symptoms such as tics in class.

Therefore, it would be very benefical to children with Tourette Syndrome if we can start promoting awareness of this often misunderstood neurological disorder in primary and secondary schools. If you are from the education industry and would like to improve the welfare of young students suffering from Tourette Syndrome by collaborating with us, please kindly leave a comment behind anywhere on this blog.

Hello to all! Welcome to this newly set up informative blog dedicated to the education of general public and the sharing of knowledge about Tourette Syndrome.

This blog is being set up by a group of students from Singapore Management University(SMU) including myself, in collaboration with the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore, with the mission of striving to reach out to the public in Singapore and educate them about Tourette Syndrome through different initiatives.

This blog aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • educate the general public about Tourette syndrome so that they can develop a better understanding of the issues faced by individuals or families affected by Tourette Syndrome
  • to serve as a platform for everyone to inquire, share and contribute to the better understanding of Tourette Syndrome

If you wish to find out more or improve the lives of individuals with Tourette Syndrome, either start by visiting the current existing blog of the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore at http://ticcare.blogspot.com or leave a comment behind on this blog indicating how you might want to help out, such as signing up as a contributor or author for this blog. It doesn’t matter whether you are a TS sufferer, family member or a caregiver. All are welcome!

Meanwhile, as this first entry is being written, a group of passionate individuals are busy working on this blog, so please bookmark this URL and watch this space for more updates and content in the near future.


Welcome to this new blog!

This blog was set up with the mission of striving to reach out to the public in Singapore and educate them about Tourette Syndrome through different initiatives.
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