Online OTs is an occupational therapy practice that utilizes telehealth to help patients manage vocal and/or motor tics. Our sessions are held in private homes, schools, playgrounds, workplaces, and anywhere else wi-fi is available. Our family coaching model enables carryover to be effective and based on present needs and future goals. Some of our current patients had a sudden onset of tics during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also see many people with chronic tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome.
Online OT's clinicians are certified in a treatment method called Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics, aka CBIT. This technique includes stress management and coping skills training, as well as specific actions to physically block tics. With frequent practice, CBIT often helps to reduce the intensity and frequency of tics making it easier to perform day to day activities. CBIT is backed by extensive medical research and the Tourette Association of America. The effectiveness of CBIT is highly dependent on family support and motivation to routinely practice the strategies. It is also important to consult with educators, primary care doctors, neurologists, and mental health providers to address co-occurring concerns such as OCD, anxiety, and depression.
Online OTs is affiliated with UMass, MGH, Boston Children's Hospital, and practices throughout MA, NH, VT, and ME.