Tic Treatment Goes Tech: A Review of TicHelper.com

Christine A. Conelea, Brianna C.M. Wellen

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Abstract

TicHelper.com (“TicHelper”) is an interactive online treatment program for youth with chronic tic disorders (CTDs) or Tourette Syndrome (TS) and their parents. It is based on Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), an individual, outpatient therapy protocol shown to effectively reduce tics in randomized controlled trials. The TicHelper website offers a user-friendly dashboard that is effective in making it easy to navigate through different treatment modules. Modules parallel core CBIT procedures and consist of interactive exercises, informational videos, and self-report ratings. TicHelper has some weaknesses (e.g., no outcomes research specific to the program has been published to date); however, its strengths (easily navigable, clear instructions, appropriate content) outweigh its weaknesses, making it a potentially useful dissemination tool to make CBIT more accessible to families and youth with tics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-381
Number of pages8
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Disclosure Statement: Dr. Conelea served as a professional reviewer on the TicHelper.com development project and was compensated for that role. Neither author has any current financial arrangement with TicHelper.com. Dr. Conelea is supported by a grant from the NIMH (K23MH103617).

Keywords

  • Tourette
  • self-help
  • tic
  • web-based therapy

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