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date: 11 December 2019

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This chapter provides a broad overview of tic disorders. Specifically described are different tic disorders and the psychiatric and psychosocial difficulties commonly experienced by children with tic disorders. Common conceptual models of tic disorders and neurobiological and behavioral research that support these models are reviewed. Recommended practices for assessing children with tic disorders are discussed, commonly used measures for assessing tic-related severity and impairment are detailed, and both evidence-based and experimental treatments for tic disorders are described. A case example is provided to demonstrate how clinicians may implement the recommended assessment practices and one of the evidence-based treatments discussed in the chapter (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics). The chapter concludes by considering theoretical and practical challenges and implications specific to tic disorders.

Keywords: tic disorders, Tourette, assessment, treatment, childhood, comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics, CBIT

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