Tics are commonly experienced by young children and most tics subside as the child grows older. Some may persist and a young person may develop Tourette’s syndrome. This is a physical condition characterised by chronic motor and vocal tics.
Initial intervention from other Tier 1/2 services (Universal and Targeted services) prior to specialist CAMHS involvement
Where the tics are mild and of short duration which are not having a significant impact on the child or young person take a watch and wait approach.
Where tics are mild but having some impact the child or young person may benefit from intervention from a tier 2 worker able to offer advice around stress management and relaxation.
For diagnosis discuss with your GP who may refer to a paediatrician to ensure there is no other underlying physical cause and would give a diagnosis if appropriate.
Please also see section on anxiety
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Service provided by Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service –Tier 3
When Complex Tourette’s is co-morbid with a mental health difficulty requiring Tier 3
CAMHS they will be assessed and treated by specialist CAMHS to help the young person manage any anxiety that may make the tics worse.
Please see interventions on anxiety.