Tourette’s: What to Look For

Children with Tourette’s disorder usually begin exhibiting tics around seven to 10 years of age, and they reach their peak during adolescence. For many children, symptoms diminish or disappear in early adulthood. Motor tics, such as blinking and twitching of the face, head, neck, and/or shoulders, often occur before vocal tics like barking and repeating words. Not all tics indicate Tourette’s; unless your child has both motor and vocal tics, he doesn’t have the disorder.