Behaviour Therapy for Tics and Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a complex neurological condition that now affects 1 in 100 school age children living in the UK and 300,000 children and adults. It is defined by involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements known as ‘tics’.

Behaviour Therapy for Tics is the UK’s front line, evidence based treatment for individuals with tic disorders. It is an alternative means of controlling tics without medication. Evidence suggests that it is most effective for children older than 8 years of age and adults. Behaviour Therapy is not a cure, but it can be effective in helping individuals gain control over their tics in situations when they choose to do so, thus helping to improve their quality of life. The quality of life of individuals with more severe TS is often impacted physically, educationally, economically and socially.

Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT) is the most commonly validated form of Behaviour Therapy and is evidenced to be effective when offered alongside other elements of therapy known as Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBit). This includes psychoeducation, functional intervention, HRT/ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention), relaxation and CBT.

A course of Behaviour Therapy is usually for 10-12 weekly sessions, but this can depend on the person with tics and the therapist.

Famous People with Tourette Syndrome:

Tim Howard – Everton Goal Keeper
Dan Ackroyd – Canadian Actor & Comedian
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Famous Classical Composer
Jim Eisenreich – former US major league baseball player



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