Tics are repetitive, involuntary sounds or movements like eye blinking, sniffing, abdominal tensing or making small noises.

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ADHD medications and tics

Recently, two different families asked me about whether it was safe for their child with tics to take medication for ADHD. Short answer: yes, it's safe. Here's the long answer. ADHD is very common in children with tics. For instance, about half of children with Tourette syndrome (TS) have ADHD. So the question comes up […]

Is it OK to talk with my child about the tics?

In our study of children whose tics began just over the past few months, I have encountered several parents who have been hesitant to have any discussion at all with their child about the tics. Here are my thoughts on the subject. Behavior therapy experts recommend creating a "tic-neutral environment." 1 In part, this means that […]