Although there is no cure for Tourette Syndrome (TS), there are treatments to help manage the tics caused by TS. Many people with TS have tics that do not get in the way of their living their daily life and, therefore, do not need any treatment. However, medication and behavioral treatments are available if tics cause pain or injury; interfere with school, work, or social life; or cause stress. (Content Source: CDC).
Children experiencing tics may be experiencing comorbid conditions such as ASD, ADHD, or OCD and often benefit from prescribed medications and behavioral interventions. Occupational therapists trained in behavioral interventions for tics, work closely with families, teachers, and other medical professionals to develop a comprehensive treatment approach.
Through skilled intervention, the child gains ways to manage their tics. They may be able to reduce the frequency, severity, and/or impact of their tics on daily life. Therapists use habit reversal through awareness training and use of competing response training.
Individuals experiencing severe or chronic tics benefit from habit reversal techniques as well as education and relaxation techniques. According to The Tourette Association of America, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics has been shown to be effective at reducing tic symptoms and tic-related impairment among children and adults.