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Factsheet for Teachers - Sudden onset of tics in school

Factsheet for Teachers - Sudden onset of tics in school

Posted on 28 September 2021 by Pippa McClounan


A resource for teachers addressing the sudden onset of tics experienced by some students.

Supporting a child with sudden onset of tics with their education needs to be approached as a working partnership between families and school. 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, paediatricians and child mental health practitioners have noticed an increase in tic symptoms in some children and adolescents already diagnosed with tic disorders. Interestingly, clinicians have also seen a marked increase in presentations of sudden and new onset of severe tics and ‘tic-like’ attacks.

In response to the high number of enquiries from education professionals regarding these issues, we have created a factsheet to help with the understanding and management of the sudden onset of tics in the school environment.

Click on the right-hand column to download the factsheet.

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