Tics & Tourette's Clinical Service

The Tics and Tourette's Clinical Service at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children's Hospital of New York at NYU Langone, is dedicated to the understanding, evaluation, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with tics, Tourette's disorder, and related disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and mood and anxiety disorders.


Tourette disorder is a chronic disorder of the nervous system that starts in childhood and causes involuntary motor and vocal tics. Tics are sudden, repeated movements, such as twitches, movements, or vocal sounds that occur repeatedly. Eye blinking, shoulder shrugging, and facial grimacing are common motor tics. Vocal tics may include throat clearing, coughing, and sniffing. 

Treatment is conducted by members of a specialty team and may include medication and interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Individual and family therapy, as well as parent guidance, are also available. Some children and adolescents need coordination of services within their school and community, or outreach and advocacy, which can be provided. 

Habit reversal therapy for tics is often recommended when the tics are mild to moderate in intensity. During this form of cognitive behavior therapy, one tic is addressed at a time during sessions. Treatment can be completed for most children and adolescents in 8 to 12 sessions.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact our care management team at 646-754-5000 or email us at services@aboutourkids.org.