Benefits of Rehab Services for Management of Tourette Syndrome

Published: January 2nd, 2015

By: Heather Simpson

Category: Tourette Updates, treatment

Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy services are skilled trained professionals that assist in the rehab process of various conditions throughout one’s lifespan. Rehab services are widely and commonly utilized for management of orthopedic conditions such as pain, broken bones or developmental delays in various forms. Occupational Therapy is now becoming more and more involved with management of Tourette and Tic disorders with the implementation of Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) Program. In addition to the CBIT program, Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy can have many benefits to the child who is living with Tourette Syndrome.

 Occupational Therapy:

  • Sensory Integration Training
    • Attention Training
    • Desensitization Training
    • Arousal Modulation
  • Social Skills Training
  • Assist with IEP
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Self Care Training
  • Dysgraphia/Handwriting training
  • Job Training

Physical Therapy:

  • Body Awareness Training
  • Postural Control
  • Establishment of Home Exercise Program
    • Opposing muscles of tics
    • General tone
    • Cardiovascular
    • Pain management/prevention
  • Coordination Training/Ball Training Skills
  • Pelvic Health Therapy
    • Enuresis
    • Bed Wetting
    • Constipation

Speech Therapy:

  • Executive Functioning Training
    • Organization
    • Time Management
    • Metacognition
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Swallowing Difficulties
  • Pragmatic Skills
  • Auditory Processing Difficulties
  • Assist with fluency in speech such as stuttering

Follow up with your physician for referral and to gain further information about how rehab services options can assist in the rehab process and management of Tourette Syndrome.

Learn about the Southeast Regional Tourette Centers of Excellence or the UF Tourette Center of Excellence

About the Author

Heather Simpson, OTR/L

Heather Simpson

Heather Simpson graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Early Education from the University of Florida in 2007. Following her Bachelor’s degree, Heather received a Master’s…

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