Development Disorders

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome is a disease characterized by repetitive involuntary movements and sounds, including words and phrases. These type of movements are called tics. The first symptoms typically occur in early childhood between toddler and elementary school age. Boys are affected by Tourette Syndrome three times more often than girls.

The cause of Tourette Syndrome is not known, but is thought to involve abnormalities in several deep brain structures that control movement. Often, if the tics don’t affect the child’s ability to handle daily life, such as playing, going to school, eating and the like, no treatment is recommended. Some severe cases require drug treatment.

However, in all cases, it is important for you and your child to understand what is happening and what they can or should do about it. That is why it is important to have your child evaluated and treated by highly trained professionals, such as those at the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY).

Helpful links

You can find more information about Tourette Syndrome at these sites: