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 What We Do

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a life-long inherited neuropsychiatric disorder that causes involuntary movements and sounds in patients. Appearing during childhood, TS affects 3% of the general p​opulation and it is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders (300,000 affected individuals in Ontario).

The clinic provides ongoing care for the local population and acts as a tertiary (specialized) referral centre.

Services

​​​With a physician's referral, new adult and child patients will be seen by a psychiatrist or neurologist for:

  • Consultation regarding diagnosis and management of symptoms
  • Education about Tourette syndrome and its related conditions
  • Pharmacological management and follow-up
  • Recommendations for home, school, and other agencies

Patients may also be referred by a Tourette syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic physician to other members of the team for:​​

  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Short-term therapy for children and adolescents, including
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
    • Parenting Intervention (Collaborative Problem Solving approach) 
  • Speech and language assessment/consultation​​​

How to Prepare

Please print the appropriate questionnaire out ahead of your first appointment, complete and bring with you. Do not mail them to the office ahead of time. If you are unable to print them, you may call the clinic and request they be mailed to you. Please note that there are no right or wrong answers; the questionnaires are used to help us get to know you/your child better and are in place to help better prepare you for the appointment.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.

 Meet Our Team

​​​​​Medical Director: Dr. Paul Sandor, MD, FRCP(C)

Staff Physicians and Specialists

  • Elia Abi-Jaoude, MD, FRCP(C), Psychiatrist
  • Tracy Bhikram, Research Assistant
  • Chhavi Kaushik, MBBS, MRCPsych (U.K.), FRCP(C), Psychiatrist
  • Jody Levenbach, PsyD, CPsych, Clinical Psychologist
  • Paul Sandor, MD, FRCP(C), Psychiatrist
  • ​Jennifer Stanga, PhD, CPsych, Neuropsychologist

As TWH is a teaching hospital, members of the team often have trainees working with them (such as medical residents or fellows, and psychology or speech-language pathology students). You may be seen by one of the students, but always under the guidance of their supervisor within the clinic.​