Tics, defined as a “sudden, rapid, recurrent, non-rhythmic motor movement or vocalization” are common in children, and they usually last a few months. However, tics that have been present for one year or longer can lead to a diagnosis of tic disorders.
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, PhD, Lead Psychologist of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, authored a guest blog post for the Philly.com Healthy Kids blog with helpful resources on tics and tic disorders.
Dr. Dahlsgaard warns against using the web to search for your child’s diagnosis as you might receive resources from untrusted sources. Instead, she provides trustworthy resources she uses with her own patients, including websites, videos and support groups.