Grand Island Boy with Tourette's Becomes Youth Ambassador

March 28, 2022, 5 a.m. ·

Brody Adrian stands next to a sign at the Tourette Association youth ambassador training program in Washington D.C.
Brody Adrian stands next to a sign at the Tourette Association Youth Ambassador Training Program in Washington D.C. He spoke with Nebraska Congressional Representatives about the condition. (Photo courtesy of Brody Adrian)

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Brody Adrian, a 12-year-old boy from Grand Island visited Washington D.C., as part of the Tourette Syndrome ambassador program.

Brody was diagnosed with a tic disorder in fourth grade. He was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in sixth grade, which is a type of tic disorder. Brody said he sometimes gets short and quick muscle or vocal impulses.

“I have some motor tics. Sometimes with my vocal tics, I might copy a line off [of] a movie and say it over and over, until it gets out of me.”

Brody said he experiences fewer tics now, compared to his younger years. Many times tics lessen after the teenage years, according to Mayo Clinic. Most people with Tourette’s lead active and healthy lives.

Complications of the condition can include obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Brody recently traveled to Washington D.C. for training to become a Tourette Association youth ambassador, which he said will allow him to help other kids with Tourette’s manage their symptoms.