Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder that often becomes apparent during a child’s elementary school years. Some research suggests that there is a genetic predisposition to develop the syndrome. Although Tourette’s is classified as a mental health difficulty, it is usually treated by a neurologist as well as a psychiatrist.
Twenty-five percent of children report that they suffer from a tic at some point during their time at school. Many children dealing with Tourette’s are able to do so with no noticeable impact on their ability to function academically and socially. But many are driven to engage in distracting, repetitive behaviours. Tourette’s can seem deliberate, and it can be easy to overestimate the child’s ability to manage the behaviour, which can be as difficult as trying to make oneself stop sneezing.