Experts from NYU Langone’s Tourette Disorder Program provide comprehensive and specialized treatment for adults and children with Tourette syndrome and related conditions, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and depression.
As the prestigious Center of Excellence of the Tourette Association of America, our program offers assessment, counseling, and treatment from a multidisciplinary team that includes psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, movement disorder specialists, and neurologists in locations across New York City, New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester County.
Together with NYU Langone’s Child Study Center’s Tics, Tourette Syndrome, and Trichotillomania Program, which is part of NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, we offer research-based behavioral and psychiatric treatments that help reduce the severity of tics urges to reduce, improve alertness and control movement. In addition, we offer training courses for school and medical professionals, school advisory services as well as supervision and advice with municipal providers.
We also work closely with the Tourette Association of America chapters in New York City and New Jersey to advocate for children and adults with Tourette Disorder and improve their quality of life through education, counseling, and social activities.
Comprehensive treatment for Tourette’s disorder
After Tourette’s disorder has been diagnosed, our team informs patients and their families as well as their schools or workplaces about the disease, possible accompanying problems and therapy options.
There are several treatments available to manage the tics caused by Tourette’s disorder. A successful treatment option is Comprehensive Tic Behavioral Intervention (CBIT). CBIT is a research-based therapy that includes habit reversal training that teaches people to become more aware of physical urges and to change their behavior over time. Our special team has received intensive training and certification in CBIT.
Other treatments to reduce tics may include drugs or botulinum toxin (BotoxÂ®) Injections. For adults with Tourette’s syndrome, neurosurgeons at the Center for Neuromodulation offer an experimental treatment called deep brain stimulation (DBS) to help relieve severe symptoms.
Some people with Tourette’s syndrome may have additional comorbidities, such as anxiety disorders, which may require different treatments depending on their symptoms. Treatment can include cognitive behavior therapy, exposure and response prevention, acceptance and obligation therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.
Our program’s experts specialize in delivering these therapies and work together to create a customized treatment program to reduce tics and other symptoms of Tourette’s disorder and improve quality of life.
Our experts also offer insights and tips for parents in our workshops and webinars. To request a workshop, training, or other resource, please email [email protected] and webinars. To request a workshop, training session, or other resource, please email [email protected]