Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
Tourette syndrome is a neurological condition beginning in childhood where people have tics that change over time. Tics are a kind of repeating movement and/or sound.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)?
CBIT is an established therapy that teaches people to change their behavior over time and tic less. Research on CBIT has been done with children and adults with Tourette syndrome.
CBIT is based on three simple observations about tics:
- Tics can get better and worse on their own.
- Tics are often done in response to a feeling or an urge.
- Tics can often be stopped, at least for a short time.
What Is Involved in CBIT?
For CBIT to be successful, the child or adult needs to:
- Work with a therapist
- Do homework
- Attend therapy training sessions
How Does CBIT Work?
CBIT is based on these simple actions, which teach people to tic less:
Who Can Teach CBIT?
Any person who has had CBIT training can perform this treatment, such as a doctor, nurse, social worker, or psychologist/counselor. The number of visits can be different for each person.
Where Can I Get This Treatment?
The Cincinnati Children's Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder Clinic
offers CBIT. The doctor or nurse seeing your child will help decide if this treatment is right for your child. It may also be available in your area by other providers.
To Get More Information about CBIT Therapy at Cincinnati Children’s
- If you have never been seen at Cincinnati Children’s for tics, call 513-636-4222, option No. 1 and ask for a new patient appointment in the Movement Disorder Clinic. You will need to be seen in clinic first for an exam so that we can decide if CBIT would be helpful.
- If you are a current patient at Cincinnati Children’s and have been seen in the Movement Disorder Clinic for tics, call 513-636-4222 and ask for the movement disorder nurse or email us at email@example.com. The nurse will help you get a CBIT appointment scheduled.
Additional Resources for CBIT