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Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics Study

Contact: Samuel Zinner, 206-598-4317

Core Function: Research and Evaluation

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a childhood-onset neurological disorder that affects approximately 200,000 school-aged children and adults in the United States. TS is characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics, which can range from mild to severe and can have a profound negative impact on the lives of individuals with the condition. Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is an evidence-based non-pharmacological treatment option for tic management developed by members of the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) Behavioral Sciences Consortium. CBIT procedures combine elements of habit reversal training with psycho-education and function-based behavioral interventions to teach patients effective tic management skills. CBIT can be used alone or with medication to treat tic symptoms.

Although behavioral therapy such as CBIT has the potential to manage tics without the shortcomings associated with existing medications, only a relatively few clinicians are trained to use it. This study will be a small open trial using a CBIT manual which has been adapted for use in neurology and related clinics, the CBIT-N Manual. The trial will be conducted across three neurology and/or neurodevelopmental pediatric clinics and will examine initial efficacy, assess end-user acceptability, and obtain end-user data on treatment usability. These results will be used to finalize the CBIT-Neurology manual.

University of Washington • Center on Human Development and Disability Box 357920 • Seattle WA 98195-7920 USA • 206-543-7701 •

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