Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT): Overview

The TAA convened the Behavioral Sciences Consortium in 2001 in order to work collaboratively to develop nonpharmacological treatments for TS. Some of the leading minds in the TS Research space came together, developed a TS-tailored behavioral therapy and piloted research studies on the resulting treatment, known as Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). The BSC has published several studies on CBIT that substantiate the effectiveness of this behavioral therapy for TS treatment. With the successful dissemination of information about CBIT amongst our communities, and regular provider trainings in CBIT, the American Academy of Neurology released its first ever Treatment Guidelines for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders; the guidelines list CBIT as the recommended first line of treatment for TS.

Furthermore, in 2019 the TAA received funding from the Patient Center Outcomes Research Institute to bring together many stakeholders (patients, parents, researchers, clinicians, etc.) to critically discuss the future of CBIT research. The research agenda for future CBIT research is currently under revision and the TAA looks forward to publishing it, as well as continuing to support to dissemination of CBIT nation-wide.

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CBIT Success Story