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Renowned tic specialist in Greenwich & Fairfield County

Many children will grow out of tics in early elementary school while only about 1% of children will have them more continuously. Most with persistent tics will experience a worsening in middle school, but as they approach adulthood two out of three will outgrow tics completely or almost completely.

Treatment

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), which is equally effective as medication, but without side effects is internationally considered the front-line treatment for Tourette’s Disorder. Though not widely available yet, Dr. Specht has been a thought leader in the industry and has played a key role in the research and administration of CBIT.

CBIT, which involves learning incompatible behaviors to suppress tics. Suppressing tics is safe, effective and most patients can pick up tic management strategies quickly. Learning to suppress tics at school does NOT result in worsening tics at home. While medications are effective, they are associated with side-effects such as sedation, weight gain, and tardive dyskinesia (a potentially irreversible movement disorder) and should only be used when children do not respond to CBIT.

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