Tic and Tourette Service

What Are Tics?

Tics are relatively sudden, brief and repetitive movements. They are classified as simple tics and complex tics. Simple tics can be motor tics such as movements of the muscles, like blinking, head shaking, jerking of the arms, and shrugging or vocal tics are sounds such as throat clearing, grunting, and humming.

Complex tics consist of distinct and coordinated movements resembling normal and purposeful acts or gestures. Examples of complex tics could include touching, throwing, hitting, jumping and kicking, or more coordinated movements such as a facial grimace combined with a head twist. More complex vocal tics could include words or phrases. 

What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome is a condition that affects a person's central nervous system and causes tics. To be called Tourette’s, a child must have multiple motor and vocal tics. Additionally, the tics should be evident for at least a year. All kids who have Tourette syndrome have tics, but it is possible to have tics without having Tourette syndrome.

Although Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders were once thought to be rare, it is now known that they are very common conditions. It is estimated that 1 out of every 100 children or 1% of children between the ages of 5 and 17 meet criteria for tic disorder or Tourette Syndrome.

How are Tics and Tourette Syndrome Treated?

When tics become problematic or interfere with daily functioning, behavioral treatment or medication may be considered.  A non-medical treatment that has been shown to effectively reduce tic severity is called Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics or C-BIT (see-bit). C-BIT consists of three important components:

How do I make an appointment?

A referral by your treating therapist, psychologist, primary care physician or neurologist is required. To schedule an intake appointment, have your child’s clinician call 330-543-8058. A patient liaison will call you to obtain insurance information and provide further details about your appointment. 

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