• Most tics in children are mild, are short lived, and do not require treatment.

  • The clinical spectrum of tics extends beyond the most common transient, isolated tics to more persistent, complex tics that interfere with daily functioning and to Tourette syndrome, which can warrant treatment.

  • Tics can be associated with anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which can themselves require treatment.

  • Many children with tics benefit from collaboration with their school, making teachers aware to provide needed accommodations and to deal with peer stigmatization.

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