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Tourette & Tic Disorder Clinic

A tic disorder can disrupt a child’s life in ways that affect home, school and social experiences. We understand the complexity of these disorders and approach each patient with kindness and expert medical care.

The Tourette & Tic Disorder Team

One in five children will experience tics (unwanted sounds or movements) at some point. For most of these children, the tics do not warrant medical attention. However, for those children whose tics severely disrupt their lives, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is here.

Our team is staffed by experts skilled in managing tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome, as well as the related disorders that often accompany these conditions. Our collaborative team includes:

  • Pediatric neurologist specializing in movement disorders and neurodevelopmental medicine
  • Child and adolescent psychiatrist with expertise in tics and related disorders
  • Pediatric psychologist with experience in cognitive and behavioral interventions

We collectively arrive at a treatment plan that best fits each patient, working closely with families to ensure greater understanding about these disorders. We employ treatments such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral strategies
  • Medication
  • Comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT)
  • Deep brain stimulation for severe cases

We focus not only on controlling tics, but helping young people understand their condition — and ultimately themselves.

National support

Phoenix Children’s patients dealing with a tic disorder never have to feel alone. Why? Our affiliation with the Tourette Association of America means that our patients enjoy access to resources and social support from patients and families in similar situations across the nation.

Related disorders

Many children with Tourette Syndrome have other conditions as well, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, depression and challenging behavior. Our comprehensive strategy to managing tic disorders and related conditions reflects our belief in the importance in treating the whole patient.

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