I first noticed his tics a little less than a year ago, and they've come & gone & come back & changed. He had an EEG and neuro exam after the first tic started & results were normal. There is some family history of minor tics/Tourette's and a bit of OCD.
His tics are mostly motor (eye blinking, mouth twitching, shoulder shrugging) and I don't think anyone but me really notices them as tics actually at this point. He also has delayed echolalia & echopraxia (again, only noticed by those close to him), I don't know if that's at all related, plus some other things he does with his face that I'm not sure what they would be classified as (sticking his tongue out, eye aversion). Actually, the more I think about it, the more many of his quirky behaviors make more sense in the context of them perhaps being tics.
So I don't know what I'm looking for here... Advice/experience I guess? Is this something that even needs formal diagnosis? From what I understand, there really aren't many safe treatments for this, and not always a need to treat it... I guess I am most worried because he already struggles socially (a bit awkward, very shy & anxious, etc.) and I hate to see him have something else hindering his social life. I don't know if it's better to acknowledge the tics or ignore it. Already I see people mimicking his movements a bit (in a joking, affectionate way, at least!) and I don't know the best way to handle it.