Pilot Testing Behavior Therapy for Chronic Tic Disorders in Neurology and Developmental Pediatrics Clinics

Emily J. Ricketts, Donald L. Gilbert, Samuel H. Zinner, Jonathan W. Mink, Tara D. Lipps, Geoffrey A. Wiegand, Amy E. Vierhile, Laura J. Ely, John Piacentini, John T. Walkup, Douglas W. Woods*

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Abstract

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is an efficacious treatment with limited regional availability. As neurology and pediatric clinics are often the first point of therapeutic contact for individuals with tics, the present study assessed preliminary treatment response, acceptability, and feasibility of an abbreviated version, modified for child neurology and developmental pediatrics clinics. Fourteen youth (9-17) with Tourette disorder across 2 child neurology clinics and one developmental pediatrics clinic participated in a small case series. Clinician-rated tic severity (Yale Global Tic Severity Scale) decreased from pre- to posttreatment, z = -2.0, P <.05, r = -.48, as did tic-related impairment, z = -2.4, P <.05, r = -.57. Five of the 9 completers (56%) were classified as treatment responders. Satisfaction ratings were high, and therapeutic alliance ratings were moderately high. Results provide guidance for refinement of this modified CBIT protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-450
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of child neurology
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • Tourette disorder
  • behavior therapy
  • dissemination
  • neurology
  • pediatrics
  • tics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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