What is Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)?

What are your options when your child is diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome? For some children, your pediatrician or neurologist may recommend a wait-and-see approach, if tics are not impacting everyday life to a great degree. But what if they are? Are you looking for a non-pharmaceutical behavioral approach, or one that can be used in conjuction with your child’s prescribed medications? If so, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics, CBIT for short, may be for you!

What is CBIT? According to the Tourette Association of America, CBIT is a non-medicated treatment consisting of three important components:

  1. Training the patient to be more aware of his or her tics and the urge to tic.

  2. Training patients to do a competing behavior when they feel the urge to tic.

  3. Making changes to day-to-day activities in ways that can be helpful in reducing tics.

Important things to know:

  • Your child should be at least 9 years old to participate in CBIT for optimal benefit.

  • CBIT is a family support-based program and parent participation is essential.

  • CBIT is evidence-based and has demonstrated high levels of efficacy.

Are you interested in CBIT for yourself or your child? Contact Mary from Optimal Kids today!

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