Teenage Tourettes Camp part 1





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Published on Jan 4, 2009

Tourettes Association

I'm updating this description with more info to provide more understanding of tourettes. I'm putting some different information in the descriptions of the various TT Camp videos:


A tic is a brief, repetitive, purposeless, nonrhythmic, involuntary movement or sound. Tics that produce movement are called "motor tics," while tics that produce sound are called "vocal tics" or "phonic tics." Tics tend to occur in bursts or "bouts."

Tics are often characterized by whether they are "simple" or "complex." A simple tic involves one muscle group or one simple sound. Many simple motor tics are associated with the face/head/neck region, such as eye blinking, head jerking, shoulder shrugging, mouth grimacing, etc. Simple vocal tics include throat-clearing sounds, grunting, sniffing, and coughing.

A complex tic involves a coordinated movement produced by a number of muscle groups (complex motor tic) or a linguistically meaningful utterance or phrase (complex vocal tic). As examples, complex motor tics can involve touching objects or other people, jumping up and down, spinning around, or even more complex motor sequences such as imitating someone else's actions (echopraxia) or exhibiting inappropriate or taboo gestures or behaviors (copropraxia). Complex vocal tics may involve having to repeat one phrase over and over, whether it is something one heard (echolalia) or one's own last words (palilalia)."
- http://www.schoolbehavior.com/conditi...

Jen, one of the Tourettes teens in the video can be visited at her youtube channel angelvoice222: http://www.youtube.com/user/angelvoic... and recently did a commentary vid about the documentary and comments made to a clip of the docu elsewhere on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmrvNg...

Internet Movie Database (IMDB) Page

MiniNova.org describes the doc as:

DOCUMENTARY: Teenage Tourettes Camp
Channel: ITV2
Date: Friday 6th January 2006
Time: 21:00 to 22:30 (Already shown)
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Timothy Spall narrates a documentary following five young people with Tourette syndrome as they spend a week in a US summer camp with other young people who share their behaviour, which is characterised by involuntary movements and noises. Campers are encouraged to explore their syndrome through a variety of activities, rather than suppress it as society often demands. What are the challenges of living with Tourettes, and will the teenagers leave better equipped to deal with their condition?

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