Continued Coping: Navigating Adult TS
Many people mistakenly think of TS as a childhood disorder, but our CoE is dedicated to helping people understand all of the issues that can come with Tourette.
This includes the fact that some individuals have TS or adult-onset tic disorders that last or manifest thru adulthood. If you are a TS Adult, you know that adults with tics face specific challenges and obstacles, and when it comes to knowing your rights we've got some pointers for you below.
For more information on specific resources and areas of life that can be affected by TS, we recommend you checkout these TAA and CDC websites.
Know Your Rights:
While many people are able to manage their TS with little to no accommodations, TS is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by the Federal Department of Justice. This is important since many individuals who are managing their TS very well, can still be targeted for discrimination based on tics they cannot control and do not pose any threat or harm to others. Individuals with TS have the right to:
Cutting Edge Treatment Options
A key component in the care provided at our Center of Excellence is utilizing the most up-to-date research regarding the treatment of TS. Adults with TS may benefit from emerging treatments and practices aimed at improving their day-to-day functioning. When functioning is severely impaired due to tics, our team looks to provide the safest and most up-to-date medication options.
Additionally, new research continues to support a non-pharmaceutical treatment option for TS called Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). Access to this treatment for adults has been limited in Utah and the surrounding areas, but in partnership with the Department of Psychology and Dr. Michael Himle's lab, expanded services will soon be available to provide affordable CBIT for adults in Utah. For more information, fill out our CBIT program form at the top of the page.
Tourette Syndrome also has many comorbidities, or disorders that occur at higher rates in individuals with TS. These include: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression and anxiety. While there are some medications that can help with all of these comorbidities, our Center also understands the need for non-pharmaceutical options and works closely with community mental health providers who can provide therapeutic services for TS comorbidities. To find out more about the different treatment options available, you us our Contact Us form on the main page of this website or can contact our resource referral line at