Tourette Syndrome in Schools Continuing Education and Professional Development Course

Free Continuing Education

Tourette Syndrome in Schools

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Tourette Syndrome in Schools: Understanding tics, the impact on learning and how to manage in the school environment.

Presented by:
The University of Florida Tourette Center of Excellence

Release Date:  August 1, 2023
Expiration Date:  July 31, 2025

Target Audience: Any educational provider including but not limited to teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, allied health professionals, paraprofessionals and more.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the symptoms and learning challenges that students living with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders encounter in school.
  • Identify at least five easy strategies that they can implement in the classroom to increase success with students living with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders.
  • Name at least five resources that can benefit educators of students living with tics, as well as resources for students in the school environment.

Module Topics:

  • Understanding the Basics of Tics and Tourette Syndrome
  • How Tics Impact Education
  • Tourette Syndrome is More Than Tics
  • Classroom Strategies for Success with Tourette Syndrome
  • Managing Challenging Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome
  • Advocating for Your Students with Tourette Syndrome

Feedback From Attendees:

  • “I learned a great deal about Tourette syndrome and how I can best provide support for these students as an OT in the schools.”
  • “This course gave me a lot more knowledge pertaining to Tourette’s Syndrome than I knew before and that I expected to obtain. The awareness of this syndrome and how its presentation varies from each individual was helpful as well as all of the tools and strategies to implement. I can use the information provided to support students with Tourette’s Syndrome as well as their school teams working closely with the students. I also loved all the personal testimonials of those with TS and people who work closely with them. Those were exceptionally eye opening and gave a perspective I can take outside of this course.”
  • “It was well organized and an amazing program. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to complete it and also to have taken it for free. The resources provided are excellent tools!”
  • “By providing information on evidence based practices and IEP related recommendations, teachers can make informed decisions about their practices. The course also encouraged the participants to share the knowledge they learned from the course, facilitating increase knowledge and understanding all around their schools.”

Requirements for successful completion: Certificates are awarded upon successful completion (80% proficiency) of the post-test.

Accreditation: The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Note: Alachua County Educators qualify for 6 credits towards certification, including ESE professional development credits.

Faculty Disclosure:

  • Irene Malaty, MD, has disclosed that she receives Research Support for Abbvie, Revance and Neuroderm and is a Consultant for Abbvie.
  • The following faculty have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose. Conflict of interest information for the CME Advisory Committee members can be found on the following website: All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
    • Amanda Coffman, MSEd
    • Elfa Iftitah
    • Katrina Hermetet, PhD, NCSP
    • Carol Mathews, MD
    • Patty Mendoza, MD
    • Kenneth Phelps, PhD
    • Ashley Rawls, MD
    • Jan Rowe, Dr.OT, OTR/L, FAOTA
    • Matthew Schmidt, PhD
    • Heather Simpson, OTD, OTR/L
    • Jennifer Stenger, PhD

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This CME activity is supported by an educational grant from the Tourette Association of America.

To access a visual guide for registration, download guide here.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Heather Simpson, OTD, OTR/L AT (352) 265.9992 or at