*** BASEBALL SOCIAL ***
On September 17th a group of Long Island TAA baseball fans watched some good baseball and socialized with friends who gathered for our first in person social in a long time to see the Long Island Ducks play York Revolution. The game was great followed by a spectacular Fireworks display. Everyone had a wonderful time!
2021 VIRTUAL YOUTH AMBASSADOR AND RISING LEADER TRAINING
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME to:
LI TAA Newly Trained YA TEAMS
YA Kaylee Cummings and Adult Team Member Ivonne Cummings
YA Christian Michael Sepulveda and Adult Team Member Lessly Castillo
Newly selected Youth Ambassador teams completed a comprehensive training during the TAA's First Virtual Training on February 27th led by our very own Jen Zwilling, Founder or the Youth Ambassador Program, and Jane Zwilling, Psy.D. to learn how to speak publicly and educate their peers about Tourette and to learn how to tell "their stories" which will be part of the virtual congressional meetings during the Association’s National Advocacy Day. In addition, our newly trained YAs will now help educate their peers and local community by presenting at schools, clubs and in the community.
HUGE THANK YOU to LI TAA YAs who assisted with the training-
CONGRATULATIONS to LI TAA’s newly trained Rising Leader
LI TAA hopes everyone is staying safe and healthy.
During this difficult time we thought we would share-
RESOURCES ON HOW TO HELP KIDS UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS:
Huffington Post: Coronavirus: How to Talk to Your Kids About the Disease
Unstuck: an OCD Kids Movie Resource Page on the Coronavirus
Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Huffington Post: Coronavirus Tag? The Pandemic has Become Part of Kids’ Playtime
Go Zen: Helping Kids Manage Anxiety Around the Coronavirus (Expert videos)
International OCD Foundation: Talking to Kids About COVID-19
TOURETTE AWARENESS RADIO INTERVIEW
YA Charlotte Cheshire along with LI TAA Co-Chairs, Kate Callan and Dr. Jane Zwilling were interviewed on Hometown, a Nassau CC radio show hosted by Bill Horan.
LONG ISLAND TOURETTE ASSOCIATION AND ITS NEWLY TRAINED YOUTH AMBASSADORS RAISE AWARENESS ON CAPITOL HILL ON DURING THE TAA NATIONAL ADVOCACY DAY
On March 4th, 2020, Youth Ambassadors and members of LI TAA shared personal stories with representatives in Washington, D.C., during the Association’s National Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and advocated for public policies and services for people affected by Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders.
Newly selected Youth Ambassador teams completed a comprehensive training, led by our very own Jane Zwilling, Psy.D and Jen Zwilling, founder or the Youth Ambassador program, to learn how to speak publicly about the often misunderstood disorder and take part in congressional meetings during the Association’s National Advocacy Day. In addition, our newly trained YAs will help educate their peers and local community on how to promote understanding and social acceptance of TS and its symptoms through presentations at schools, clubs and community centers.
The Tourette Association launched the Youth Ambassador program in April 2002; it has grown to nearly 500 dedicated teens who have completed 1,000's of activities including presentations, print and TV media interviews, and training other Youth Ambassadors to reach more than 5.5 million people through their combined efforts.
Jane Zwilling, Psy.D. and Jen Zwilling training the new Youth Ambassadors
LI TA Welcomes our Newly Trained 2020 YAs!
They did an incredible job at the training and on the Hill!
Congratulations to new YAs:
Jacob and Ryan
And a huge thank you to-
YAs Becca, Charlotte, Chris, Emily, Sam G and Steven who assisted in training the new YAs in Washington DC.
THANK YOU to:
YAs Becca, Charlotte, Chris, Jacob, Ryan, Sam G and Steven and their parents for doing an incredible job advocating on Capitol Hill!