Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics

Current estimates are that 1 in every 160 children aged 5-17 have Tourette Syndrome.  1 in every 100 children aged 5-17 have some type of Tic Disorder.  Tourette Syndrome is one type of Tic Disorder.  Not all Tic Disorders are Tourette Syndrome.   A diagnosis of Tic Disorder or Tourette Syndrome is made by a doctor or healthcare professional able to make diagnoses.

Both Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome can be effectively treated by a healthcare team trained in current practices.  At Child’sPlay Therapy Center, we are excited to be on the cutting edge of evidence based practice, offering CBIT therapy provided by a licensed CBIT provider.  CBIT is an evidenced based, non-medicinal treatment shown to be effective in treating and managing Tics and Tourette syndrome.

CBIT is learned as part of a highly structured therapy that takes place with a licensed CBIT provider.  Typically, sessions are once weekly over 8-10 weeks, but may vary depending on the needs of the client and family.  CBIT consists of three main components:

  • training the patient to be more aware of tics
  • training patients to do competing behavior when they feel the urge to tic
  • making changes to day to day activities in ways that can be helpful in reducing tics.

For more information regarding Tics and Tourette Syndrome visit:

CBIT: Information for Patients