CBIT therapy via telehealth throughout MA, NH, and VT
Tics are purposeless involuntary and repetitive movements and vocalizations. Some people just have motor (movement) tics and some people just have vocal (sound) tics. The frequency and intensity varies from person to person, day to day, and over periods of time. Provisional Tic Disorder, previously know as Transient Tic Disorder, is common in young children and is defined as motor or vocal tics occurring for less than one year.
People with motor or vocal tics lasting for more than one year are often given the diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome, aka Tourette's, Tourette Disorder, or TS. These conditions are neurologically based. They are not the same thing as so called TikTokTics, which is an emotional disorder related to extreme anxiety combined with watching social media with misleading tic content.
Many people who have tic disorders and Tourette's also have concerns related to anxiety, depression, Autism, OCD, ADHD, and executive functioning. Tics are often misunderstood and lead to frustration, embarrassment, physical pain, bullying, and even suicidal tendencies. In addition, tics are often misrepresented in television, film, and social media. Tics are never fun or a source of humor for people with this condition and it is inappropriate to laugh or make fun of tics.
People with tics also are known to be very bright and to have many extraordinary skills in areas including math, music, art, science, sports, medicine, and education. In fact, people with tics are often very driven to succeed and live highly productive and meaningful lives. People with tics also tend to become very clever in how they manage their situation and are extremely empathetic to others.
A motor-sensory based intervention called Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) has been proven to help many children and adults manage their tics. CBIT Therapy's clinical director became certified in CBIT in response to having a child with a severe case of Tourette Syndrome. Training was done in Canada, and clinical mastery was achieved in the Boston area. This practice is affiliated with the Tourette Association of America and provides CBIT therapy via telehealth through out Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
CBIT Therapy includes the following components:
CBIT training is short-term, provided typically for 4 to 10 visits over 2 or 3 months. Many children and adults are able to quickly reduce the intensity and frequency of their tics by practicing CBIT therapy strategies. Progress is dependent on motivation to manage tics, tic severity, and family support.
This video is about Tourette Syndrome and viewing it may trigger tics in some people.
Neurology Clinic, University Campus
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Marisela Dy-Hollins, E., M.D.
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
15 Parkman Street, 7th Floor, Room 720
Boston, MA 02114
Kinga Tomczak, MD, PhD
Attending Physician in Neurology
Director, Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome Program
Department of Neurology
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Tel: 781-216-2525 (Waltham) 617-355-2063 (Boston)
University of Vermont
2 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05405
Christy Stine MD, PhD
33 Lyman St, Ste 400
Westborough, MA 01581
Explaining CBIT, tics, and Tourette's to a child and their friends is easier with the help of a social story.
Learn strategies to educate others about tics and Tourette's in a quick and effective way. Prepare an elevator pitch, email, text, or put your message on a business card. You can also click here for the TAA "I have TS" card.
Join with others who have Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders to start making connections and new friends. Learn about CBIT, camps, social events and more resources on tics. Click here to contact a local chapter in Boston and other cities across America.
Know your rights. Reach out to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) for free and confidential guidance on how to manage tics and other symptoms related to Tourette's and / or FND while on the job and when seeking new work. Your skills are needed and valuable.
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