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Children’s of Alabama Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) Clinic Named Center of Excellence - Archived

BIRMINGHAM - An innovative clinic housed at Children’s of Alabama is one of 16 medical and academic institutes across the nation to be given the designation of Tourette Syndrome Association Center of Excellence by the Tourette Syndrome Association.

The Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is partnership between Children’s and UAB and located on Children’s Russell Campus. Patients treated in CBIT are under the care of Drs. Jan Rowe and Leon Dure. CBIT is an advanced, drug-free, behavioral-based approach for children diagnosed and living with Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders.

Through CBIT, children are taught to become more aware of their tics and to react with a competing behavior as soon as they feel the urge to tic. This immediate, competing response helps to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the tic. These inventive strategies help the child manage his or her tic disorder with discretion and self-confidence.

The Tourette Syndrome Association Centers of Excellence (COfE) award is designed to increase awareness and understanding of Tourette Syndrome among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public. The Children’s and its partner UAB COfE has been renewed by the Tourette Association of America for the next three years. New to the Children’s/UAB Center of Excellence will be the implementation of CBIT with adults.

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological condition that causes people to make involuntary sounds and/or movements referred to as tics. The Children’s and UAB CBIT program is the only COfE in the state of Alabama and unlike with the first designation, Children’s/UAB will now be a standalone COfE.

The Tourette Association of America designation is awarded for another three-year term. Children’s and UAB were previously named a Center of Excellence (CofE) in 2015.

Founded in 1972, the national Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) is the only national, voluntary health organization serving the Tourette Syndrome community. The TSA has a three-pronged mission to identify the cause of, control the effects of, and to find a cure for Tourette Syndrome through education, research and service. The TSA directs a network of 32 Chapters and more than 55 support groups across the country. For more information on TS, call 1-888-4-TOURET, visit, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. More information is available at