Summer camp helps kids with Tourette's syndrome

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Updated: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:16:13 EST

WINDER, Ga. (AP) — A summer camp for children with Tourette's syndrome is helping children embrace their disorder.

"Camp Twitch and Shout" has been held for the past six years at a state park in Georgia. It was started by a handful of parents whose children have Tourette's.

About 170 kids attend each year. The weeklong camp ended Friday.

Audrey Vogel attended four years ago when she was 14. Now, she is a counselor in training. She says attending the camp changed her life because she is now open to telling people about her condition.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of Tourette' syndrome. Symptoms are often worse in the early teens but improve into adulthood. Boys are affected more often than girls.

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