New innovative Tourette syndrome treatment available at Children’s of Alabama

(WIAT-CBS42 Sebastian Posey)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A new treatment program is now available at Children’s of Alabama.

The program offers innovative treatment for children who have “tic” disorders and Tourette syndrome.

Occupational therapist Jan Rowe brought the program to the hospital from UAB, where research was conducted.

The treatment is behavioral based and is drug free.

According to a release from Children’s of Alabama, treatment generally consists of eight 60 to 80-minute sessions aimed at increasing a child’s awareness of his or her tics, determining the order in which the child’s tics will receive intervention, finding the impact the tics have on the child’s daily life and developing a reward system to help motivate the impacted children to change their behavior.

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