Tourette's syndrome

Find out about Tourette's syndrome

Tourette's syndrome

Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) is a condition that causes involuntary sounds and movements.  The condition usually starts in childhood and improves and occasionally goes away in adulthood.

It is thought that 0.6% to 1% have Tourette’s Syndrome

A diagnosis is available through the NHS although waiting lists can belong.  You could be referred to a neurologist or psychologist for a diagnosis.

Features of Tourette's syndrome


  • excellent written communications
  • enhanced cognitive control
  • verbal grammar skills
  • perceptually acute
  • creativity


  • sounds (grunting or throat clearing)
  • fine motor (eye rolling, blinking)
  • gross motor (jerking limbs, jumping)
  • verbal (random words or phrases)
  • touching objects or people

Tourette's syndrome - Reasonable Adjustments

Some suggestions for workplace changes are listed below

Examples of where key reasonable adjustments can be made are listed below but, this is not an exhaustive list and not everything will be applicable to everyone.

  • Workplace social education
  • Flexible working (accommodate the impact of tics)
  • Work environment and location options
  • Workflow management

If you have any concerns or want to find out more please contact your TSSA rep or the TSSA Helpdesk.

Want to find out more about Tourette's – here's the best place to start.

Tourette's Action

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If you are a TSSA member and are looking for advice or assistance in connection with your employment or membership, you can contact our Members’ Helpdesk.

We can advise on a range of workplace issues including; discipline and grievance hearing, maternity rights and redundancy.

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