De-Stress Your Tourette

Ruth and Tristram Colket, Jr. Translational Research Building,
3501 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104  

Oct 20, 2018-Nov 10, 2018

4-week Mindfulness and Theater Improv Program for Teens, Tweens and their Parents

Because living with Tourette can be stressful, this fall we’re offering a fun, supportive four-session workshop for teens and tweens with Tourette and their parents/primary caregivers. Each week, our experienced teachers will lead separate parallel programs — one for children in sixth through ninth grade and one for their parents. For the last half-hour, adults and the tween/teens will meet as one group for lunch.

Both the parents’ and tween/teens’ programs will include:

  • Mindfulness techniques: meditation, body-awareness, and breathing practices, which have been shown to reduce the stress of the Tourette experience.
  • Age-appropriate improvisational theater games: a fun and meaningful way to connect with others, build confidence, and form lasting bonds.
  • Parents’ program: biology of Tourette syndrome and how to create a supportive environment at home and within the school system.


Four consecutive Saturdays: Oct. 20 & 27, and Nov. 3 & 10. Please plan to attend all four.


9:45 a.m. to noon


Ruth and Tristram Colket, Jr. Translational Research Building, on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Registration is required and space is limited, so register early!

For more about the program or to register, visit

Questions? Contact Marc Schmidt at 215-898-9375 or email

Meet our teaching team

  • Teresa Magrann, MEd, is a special education teacher at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. With over 15 years of experience, she has worked with a range of disabilities in various academic settings and is dedicated to helping families successfully navigate the special education world.
  • Bidi McSorley, MD, is an experienced pediatrician specializing in behavioral pediatrics and an instructor in the Penn Program for Mindfulness.
  • David O’Connor, MFA, teaches acting and directing at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a former resident director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights. He has led improv workshops for stressed young people for Penn Health.
  • Marc Schmidt, PhD, is a neurobiologist, founder of Waffles for Tourette,  and the father of an adult daughter with Tourette.
  • Caroline Packard, JD, de-stresses her own Tourette using improv and mindfulness meditation. A former corporate lawyer, she is currently pursuing a master’s in psychology.
  • Nicole Wesner is a consultant for the Pennsylvania Tourette syndrome Alliance. She is trained in disability advocacy to provide support for individuals with TS by working with families and schools. Her son has TS.

This workshop series is co-sponsored by the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Tourette Association of America and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and funded in part by a grant from the TAA through the Centers for Disease Control.