The Online Remote Behavioural Treatment for Tics study (‘ORBIT’ for short) is a four-year project funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment.

This project involves working with young people and their families to test out two new online behavioural treatments for tics and Tourette syndrome. These online treatments have already been tried out in Sweden. This study will see whether they are also useful for children and young people in England.

This project is a collaboration between the University of Nottingham, NIHR MindTech MedTech Co-operative, Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London, and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

If you're interested in taking part in this study, then read more information to check your eligibility. 

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Find out more here about the project background, aims, and what the study will look like.

Tics are uncontrolled and sudden physical movements and vocal sounds, and Tourettes syndrome (TS) is probably the best known tic disorder. TS is an inherited neurological condition and affects one school child in every hundred and is more common among boys. More than 300,000 children and adults are living with TS in the UK, which means that roughly one child in every hundred has TS. 

If you’re a clinician working in a clinic who sees children/young people with tics or Tourette syndrome, you can download and print out pamphlets to pass onto patients who might be interested in the ORBIT study.

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We are looking for families in England who have a child or young person (aged between 9 and 17) with tics to take part in this study. Both the child/young person who experiences tics and one parent/carer need to take part.

The project lead is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Phone: 0115 823 2438

Twitter: @NIHR_MindTech

Address: Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU.

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The study team is based around the UK and in Sweden.

Please see the links below for details on where to find further help, information and advice.

Tourettes Action is the leading support and research charity working to improve the lives of people living with Tourette syndrome in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Childline is a private and confidential counselling service for children and young people up to the age of 19.