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GCTV, Earles to develop show on Tourette Syndrome

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community Television in partnership with clinical social worker Garry L. Earles has received a grant to develop and present an educational workshop on Tourette Syndrome and associated conditions.

The three-hour program will be filmed in front of a GCTV studio audience of educators, clinicians, parents and others.

A DVD of the program will be available for national distribution. The project is featured as one of the fall 2012 grant recipients on the Cohen Foundation’s website.

Tourette, a neurologically based tic disorder, co-exists and co-mingles with other neuro-psychiatric conditions such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Students challenged by these sorts of conditions are susceptible to bullying and vulnerable to depression and suicidal thoughts.

Earles has Tourette and is a speaker, trainer and consultant on child and adolescent mental health. He has presented 250 seminars throughout the United States. Over the past several months, he was interviewed for a series of informative shows on various child and adolescent mental health conditions and accompanying issues. The series of eight shows, produced by Drew Hutchison of Local Bias Productions and hosted by KC Scott of “Come To Think Of It,” were broadcast and archived on GCTV.

The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation grant award is for $1,500, but the producers are looking for another $2,000 to $3,000. GCTV, a nonprofit, will function as the fiscal agent for the project. Accordingly, all donations are tax-deductible.

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