Tics and Tourettes

A Mind and Body Approach

Tics are sudden, repetitive, fast muscle movements that result in body jolts or sounds and are difficult to control.

They are very common and often start at around 5 years old although can be later. They tend to come and go over time, changing in location (where on your body), frequency (how often) and severity (how bad or annoying). Tics tend to be at their worst in early teens, but typically get better over time and become controlled by late teens to early 20’s.

We know that children and young people who develop tics can find them worrying and distressing. Their families worry too. Other difficulties sometimes occur alongside tics and Tourette’s. These include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety or mood problems. These often need identifying and treating.

We will assess your child’s experiences by talking with them and you. Our goal is to help you and your family understand more about what is happening and identify tics and Tourette Syndrome, and any additional problems. There are helpful approaches to manage tics, and these will be discussed with you to see if they meet your child’s needs.