The Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating children, adolescents and adults with repetitive movements including tics and stereotypies. These repetitive movements can occur in healthy otherwise normal children or in children with a variety of neurological, developmental or psychiatric conditions. Occasionally, they may be induced by medications or by other medical or neurological diseases.
The condition we manage most often is Tourette syndrome, a brain-based disorder that starts in childhood and in which tics are present, usually daily, for more than one year. Persons with Tourette syndrome may have difficulties with self-esteem, family life, peer relations and school or work performance. In some cases, severe tics may be extremely disruptive or self injurious. Many persons with Tourette syndrome have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or other problems.
The Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the largest of its kind in North America. We are available to manage the tic, ADHD or OCD symptoms through our clinic or in consultation with local primary or specialty physicians. We also provide second opinions. We work closely with psychologists and psychiatrists at Cincinnati Children’s and in the community to offer a full spectrum of treatment options. We also do research to understand the causes of and find better treatments for Tourette syndrome, ADHD and OCD.