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Monday, October 15, 2012
 

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  Finding My Path - Using Tourettes Syndrome to Energize My Dreams  
(Diversity)

Dr. Mark Patishnock with the Cook Counseling Center will present on Tourette Syndrome and his personal challenges overcoming the stigmas associated with this neurological disorder.
The presentation will be held from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012 in the Multicultural Center (Room 140) in the Squires Student Center.

Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (Tourette Syndrome or TS) is a neurological disorder which becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence before the age of 18 years. Tourette syndrome is defined by multiple motor and vocal tics lasting for more than one year. The first symptoms usually are involuntary movements (tics) of the face, arms, limbs or trunk

There are also verbal tics. These verbal tics (vocalizations) usually occur with the movements. These vocalizations include grunting, throat clearing, shouting and barking. The verbal tics may also be expressed as coprolalia (the involuntary use of obscene words or socially inappropriate words and phrases) or copropraxia (obscene gestures).

Despite widespread publicity, coprolalia/copropraxia is uncommon with tic disorders.

Tourette Syndrome is just one of many forms of "hidden diversities" that exists within our learning community.

Dr. Patishnock is presenting as a part of the Finding My Path Diversity Speakers Series which highlights the diversity inherent in the Virginia Tech community and how members of our community address the challenges associated with differences.

Finding My Path speaker series is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services.


Location: Room 140 Squires Student Center
Price: Free
Sponsor: Multicultural Programs and Services
Contact: C Ray Williams Jr
E-Mail: cwilliam@vt.edu
540 231-8584
   
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