A NEW Dorset support group for children and adults with Tourette Syndrome (TS) will be meeting for the first time next month.

Set up with the assistance of Tourettes Action, the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with TS, the group is open to adults and children with TS, plus friends, family and support network.

The group will meet between 2pm and 4pm at Monkton Wylde Court, near Charmouth on Saturday, July 12.

Susan Kent, setting up the group, said: “The group will not only be supportive, useful and informative for all of us, families, friends and carers included, but I hope we’ll have some fun as well, meeting lots of new people who all have TS in common.”

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological condition. It affects one schoolchild in every hundred and more than 300,000 children and adults in the UK.

The feature of coprolalia (or involuntary swearing) is present in only about 10 per cent of cases. The key feature of Tourette Syndrome is tics – involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements. TS is a complex condition and covers a wide spectrum.