/ what is tourette syndrome?
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is defined by Tourette Canada as a "brain-based on condition that causes people who have it to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics". TS is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder by the DSM-5. The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 162 children have TS.
What is important to remember about TS is that individuals with this condition are not in control of the seemingly random actions they are performing. This can be difficult to understand for those without TS, because they are used to having complete control over their bodies, and may not be able to understand what it is like not to. However, this is the reality for individuals with Tourette Syndrome.