Tourette Syndrome Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides support to
the Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance (PA-TSA), Inc., to locate, contact
and support individuals diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS). PA-TSA, a
non-profit organization, is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals and
families dealing with TS by providing statewide community-based, cost-free and
non-legal support in the areas of:
PA-TSA can be contacted at 717-337-1134 or toll free at
1-800-990-3300 or by visiting them online at www.patsainc.org.
Whether you are an individual with Tourette Syndrome, an educator, a health
care professional or other service provider, or a family member or friend of
someone with TS, PA-TSA has information and resources on the site that you will
What is Tourette Syndrome?
Syndrome is an inherited neurobiological disorder characterized by
tics---involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur
onset of these symptoms is always before age 18.
Syndrome is not degenerative; intelligence and life span are no different
from that of the general population.
with this condition have symptoms that vary from very mild to very severe.
majority of cases are characterized as mild.
is available to assist in the control of the expression of tics.
Tourette Syndrome symptoms are viewed by the uninformed as bizarre,
disruptive and frightening.
with Tourette Syndrome often experience ridicule and rejection by peers,
teachers, neighbors and even casual observers because of these symptoms.
is no cure for this condition. During the teenage years symptoms can
become more complex. However, as teens mature many experience marked
improvement in their early twenties.
conditions often accompany Tourette Syndrome:
and Learning Disabilities