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How to Help a Child with Tics: Strategies for School and Home

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Supporting your child with a chronic tic disorder, including Tourette’s disorder, largely involves reducing the shame, anxiety, and other stressors that aggravate and reinforce tics.

Helping others – like teachers, classmates, and family members – understand tics is also important to creating a helpful, supportive environment for your child.Along with evidence-based treatments for tic disorders, like behavior therapy and medication, follow these strategies to uplift your child in school and at home.Even if it’s a “good” or “bad” reaction, drawing attention to tics in any way will reinforce and possibly aggravate them.

Strive to create a tic-neutral environment as much as possible. That means ignoring tics as they happen (unless they post a safety issue).

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