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CBIT Program

Comprehensive Behavior Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is a non-drug treatment consists of eight weekly sessions with a focus on embedding the tic strategies or “competing responses” into everyday life. The focus of the sessions is on identification of the frequency and severity of tics and teaching alternate strategies to the person with tics. These new strategies help the person manage his or her tic disorder with discretion and confidence. Our trained professionals will work with the person limited by tics to develop a competing response for their tics, thereby limiting the interruption of tics on their health, well-being and development.The initial visit for evaluation generally lasts one to two hours. Weekly sessions are approximately 45-60 minutes in length over the course of 10 weeks.

Each clinic within the Southeast Regional Centers of Excellence has a clinician or community resource who is trained to implement the CBIT protocol.  The CBIT program will be provided by a psychologist, psychiatrist or an Occupational Therapist, just dependent on which facility you connect with.

For more information on the CBIT program, please visit the following links:

For Centers of Excellence Specifics regarding setting up a CBIT evaluation and treatment, please visit the following links:

  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama/UAB: CBIT webpage
  • University of Florida: CBIT webpage
  • University of South Florida/Rothman: CBIT webpage
  • University of South Carolina: Dr. Kenneth Phelps (803) 434-4221