Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Tic Disorders

Tic Disorders

Tics are repeated, sudden, rapid and recurrent motor movements or vocalizations. Many tics are mild, but in some cases they become so severe that they interfere with your child’s life and require clinical attention. The most common tic disorder is Transient Tic Disorder in which tics typically go away on their own. Tourrette’s Disorder involves chronic motor and vocal tics and is often associated with problems with attention and impulsivity, as well as compulsive behaviors. Tics typically develop in early childhood and are 3-4 times more likely to occur in males. Tics are often worsened during times of stress, anxiety and fatigue. They can be successfully treated with medication and behavior therapy, and most children outgrow their tics during adolescence.

Helpful Websites

National Tourette Syndrome Association
National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
Mayo Clinic

Books for Parents & Caregivers

Children with Tourette Syndrome: A Parents’ Guide
By Tracy Lynne Marsh

Living with Tourette Syndrome
By Elaine Fantle Shimberg

Quit It
By Marcia Byalick

I Can’t Stop!: A Story About Tourette Syndrome
By Holly L. Niner

Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome
By Dylan Peters & Paul Howey

Books for Children & Teens

Adam and the Magic Marble
By Adam Buehrens