What the Tic Disorder Service provides

Assessment

A detailed assessment will be carried out to identify any problems. This will include a comprehensive screening for any neurodevelopmental or mental health difficulties.

  • Prior to the appointment we will send you a questionnaire to complete before we meet with you online 
  • A detailed interview with the family lead by psychiatrists, psychologists and other members of the team
  • Working together with other specialist community based team - we may invite the person who refers you to join the assessment
  • Once our assessment is complete, we will write a detailed letter describing the assessment and recommendations which will be sent to the referring team, the family and young person and GP

Interventions/treatments

We aim to offer all treatments in conjunction with local/catchment area child mental health teams (CAMHS)

Treatments will be tailored to the individual needs of the child and family and in general will be:

  • evidence-based, which means they have been tested and shown to work
  • as short and intensive as possible to achieve maximum effect
  • linked closely with other teams in the hospital or community who are also involved in looking after the child and family

Depending on specific needs identified in the assessment, treatments may include a range of therapeutic approaches and medication if appropriate.

Interventions may include:

  • To learn about tics and how to live with them
  • Behavioural treatments for tics, including exposure with response prevention and habit reversal training, which could be within a group or delivered individually
  • Behaviour management strategies for parenting
  • Medication if needed
  • Cognitive assessments – an assessment of learning strengths and weaknesses
  • Autism assessments