Tic Disorder

Tics are repeated rapid movements or sounds.

There are two kinds of tics. One is motor tics, like shoulder shrugging or blinking. The other is vocal tics, like sniffing or throat clearing.

If tics have been present for over a year, your child may have a chronic motor or vocal tic disorder. These disorders usually need treatment to get better or may benefit from habit reversal therapy (HRT)

Tics are basically a signal from the brain that sends an urge for a movement or a sound. Tics are repetitive, rapid movements or sounds. tics, are combinations of movements or sounds, eg: reaching up and shaking your head, or a blink followed by throat clearing.

Some common simple tics include:

  • Motor tics (movements)
  • Shoulder shrugging
  • Eye blinking
  • Lip biting
  • Facial grimacing
  • Vocal tics (sounds)
  • Clearing the throat
  • Humming, sniffing, snorting or squealing
  • Repeating words

Tourettes Syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome is where a child involuntary curses or makes socially inappropriate remarks. “Most people with Tourette’s syndrome also have other symptoms as well, such as OCD, an anxiety disorder, ADHD and behavioral issues

Some common Tourette’s traits include:

  • Head jerking
  • Squinting
  • Blinking
  • Shrugging
  • Grimacing
  • Nose-twitching
  • Any excessively repeated movements (for example, foot tapping, leg jerking, or scratching)
  • Barking
  • Tongue clicking
  • Sniffing
  • Hooting
  • Obscenities
  • Throat clearing, snorting, or coughing
  • Squeaking noises
  • Hissing
  • Spitting
  • Whistling
  • Gurgling
  • Echoing sounds or phrases repeatedly