NY Daily News - "Youthful Tic Disorders, Such as Tourette’s, Usually Do Not Last a Lifetime"

Barbara Coffey, MD, MS, Chief of the Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program says most tics typically go away with time.

 – March 6, 2013  –– 

Barbara Coffey, MD, MS, Chief of the Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program, says that approximately 20 percent of all kids age six – twelve may have a type of tic, like eye blinking or throat clearing, but most of these repetitive behaviors go away with time. One of the first steps in treatment, Dr. Coffey adds, is to educate parents about the nature of their child’s disorder. The goal of treatment is to help children who have tics or Tourette’s to continue with healthy development.  Read more