The Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tic Disorders (CBIT) has demonstrated efficacy in large randomized controlled trials for children (≥9 yrs), adolescents and adults with Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorders. Given the early age of onset for tic disorders, a large portion of affected individuals with chronic tic disorders are less than 9 years of age and appropriate developmental adaptations of behavioral treatment have not yet been tested. The goal of this study was to adapt and evaluate the acceptability and utility of a family-based adaptation of CBIT for children under 9 years of age. Children 5–8 years of age (N = 15) with chronic tics were recruited from three study sites. CBIT was adapted for use with young children and included habit reversal strategies introduced in a developmentally appropriate game format and function-based interventions to reduce family accommodation of and attention to tic symptoms.
Bennett, Shannon M.; Capriotti, Matthew R.; Bauer, Christopher C.; Chang, Susanna W.; Keller, Alex E.; Walkup, John T.; Woods, Douglas W.; and Piacentini, John, "Development and Open Trial of a Psychosocial Intervention for Young Children with Chronic Tics: The CBIT-JR Study" (2020). Psychology Faculty Research and Publications. 510.
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