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Supporting People with Tourette’s in the Workplace

Explore the various ways you can offer professional support to those living and working with Tourette syndrome.

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Supporting People with Tourette’s in the Workplace

  • 1 week

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Join Tourettes Action in dismantling stereotypes and fostering TS understanding

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological condition affecting one per cent of the world’s population. That means, nearly 330,000 adults living in the UK manage Tourettes-related symptoms daily in the workplace.

Despite the misconceptions about Tourette’s, this neurological condition presents itself very differently, with these professionals as capable as any other to make an impact at work.

How can we evolve our workplaces to allow more understanding and support for those with TS?

Create inclusive workspaces and work processes to help employees with TS

On this one-week online course from Tourettes Action, learn about the realities of living and working with Tourette syndrome and gain practical strategies to create more inclusive and supportive work environments.

With this awareness, you’ll be empowered to help people with TS feel understood and supported in achieving their professional goals.

Identify common symptoms of Tourettes and other tic disorders

Gain a comprehensive understanding of what TS is, including its misconceptions, symptoms, and impact on an individual’s personal and professional life.

Examine both simple and complex categorisations of motor and vocal tics, looking further into coprophenomena, as well as repetitive and hidden tics.

Implement supportive measures for employees with TS during the employment process, from recruitment to retention

Towards the end of this course, you’ll identify and discuss strategies for creating inclusive work environments.

Which in turn will help support individuals with TS throughout the employment process, from providing accommodations in the interview process to fostering understanding and acceptance in the workplace environment.


  • Week 1

    Supporting those with Tourette Syndrome in the workplace

    • Introduction

      In this section you will learn what Tourette Syndrome (TS) is, the common misconceptions around TS and what other Tic disorders there are.

    • Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome

      In this section you will learn about the key features of TS, tics and how they are categorised.

    • Impact of TS

      In this section you will learn about the impact of TS, what tics can feel like for an individual, what suppression is and how this can affect people.

    • Support

      In this section you will learn what can help support those with TS, what is known to increase and reduce tics and what help is available from Tourettes Action.

    • Supporting in the Workplace

      In this section you will learn how best to support those with TS in the workplace

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe what Tourette Syndrome is, the prevalence of TS, misconceptions that surround it and other tic disorders.
  • Identify the symptoms of TS, what are motor and vocal tics, how these are defined into simple and complex categories, what is the coprophenomena and what are repetition and hidden tics.
  • Explore the impact of TS and how it can affect an individual from a physical and emotional level.
  • Classify what support is available for people with TS, their families and friends and anyone supporting them.
  • Identify what your workplace can do to support those with Tourette's

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning about Tourette syndrome and how workplaces can offer accommodation and support to employees with neurodivergent conditions.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Tourettes Action

Tourettes Action works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families. The charity aims to ensure people with TS receive the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full.

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  • Access to this course
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Printed and digital certificate when you’re eligible

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$349.99 for one year

Automatically renews

Develop skills to further your career

  • Access to this course
  • Access to 1,000+ courses
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Digital certificate when you're eligible

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