This week is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week and to help us understand and break down some of the stigmas surrounding the syndrome, Rosita Sunna from the Tourettes Syndrome Awareness Association joins Bec in the studio.
Two-thirds of Australians (64%) believe more needs to be done to educate children in schools about Tourette Syndrome. As new research reveals one in four (23%) have never heard of the condition.
The research commissioned by the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia (TSAA) reveals the obstacles those with Tourette Syndrome are confronted with daily, with a staggering three-quarters (73%) of Australians expecting them to be bullied for being different.
Tourette Syndrome is a commonly misunderstood neurological condition that is often attributed to behavioural or emotional issues. It affects approximately 45,000 children in Australia and results in involuntary muscle movements and vocalisations.
As just 15% of parents have taught their children about the condition, it highlights the requirement for further education on Tourette Syndrome. Due to the lack of education, some of the most common misconceptions include that tics are simply nervous habits. Tourette Syndrome affects a child’s ability to learn in school and the condition is simply shouting obscenities. While Tourette Syndrome does impact access to learning, it does not affect intelligence.
To mark the their 30th Anniversary, TSAA has launched a new interactive app called TAC’TICS. The application actively encourages education during school team activities. With no cure for Tourette Syndrome understanding and breaking the stigma are vital.