Understanding and working with Tourette Syndrome


Event type Twilight Meeting

Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London,

About the Evening

Do you work with young people with tics or Tourette Syndrome (TS) in schools, community or health settings? This Twilight evening will focus on key aspects of the assessment and management of TS, including updates on recent research. We will provide an overview of TS and evidence-based treatment approaches, as well as addressing the challenges of working with clinical comorbidities (e.g. ADHD, OCD) and the importance of differentiating tics from other common childhood movements. Clinical case studies and videos will be used. Attendees will get an overview of best practice, with guidance on where to refer for further support.

About the Speakers

Dr Tamsin Owen

Dr Tamsin Owen is a Clinical Psychologist. She has specialised in the field of Child Clinical Psychology since 2004, initially working in the areas of Looked after Children and childhood obesity. She then moved to specialise in the fields of paediatric neurology and neurodevelopment, working initially with children with ASD and then Complex Motor Disorders. She joined the Tic and Neurodevelopmental Movement (TANDeM) team at the Evelina London in 2017. Tamsin delivers both individual and group therapy to support children and families who experience tics, stereotypies and/or functional movements. She is also involved in on-going research within these areas.

Dr Sally Robinson

Dr Sally Robinson is a Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist. She joined the Children’s Neurosciences department at Evelina London Children’s Hospital in 2011 and currently works in the Tic and Neurodevelopmental Movement (TANDeM) team. She is also the clinical lead of the Paediatric Neuropsychology Service at St George’s Hospital, London. She has a PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology and has published research on a range of topics. She has a particular interest in movement disorders, functional neurological symptoms and acquired brain injury, with expertise in conducting comprehensive assessments to identify cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural factors that are relevance to informing clinical diagnosis and treatment.

Dr Amanda Maxwell

Dr Amanda Maxwell is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist currently working in the Tic and Neurodevelopmental Movements Team (TANDeM) at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. She initially trained as an Educational Psychologist in Australia and has worked as a Child Clinical Psychologist in the UK since 2010. She has worked in Looked after Children services and a range of different CAMHS services in both the UK and in Hong Kong. She is currently developing treatment packages for motor stereotypies and also provides individual and group treatment for young people experiencing tics and functional movements.