1st Edition

Treating Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
A Guide for Practitioners

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ISBN 9781593854805
Published June 21, 2007 by Guilford Press
287 Pages

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Book Description

Grounded in a comprehensive model of Tourette syndrome (TS) and related disorders, this state-of-the-art volume provides a multidisciplinary framework for assessment and treatment. Leading authorities present the latest knowledge on the neurobehavioral underpinnings of TS, its clinical presentation, and how to distinguish it from frequently encountered co-occurring disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Strategies for managing symptoms and providing effective support to children and families are thoroughly detailed, with an emphasis on integrating medication and psychosocial therapies. Several chapters also address clinical work with adults with TS. User friendly and practical, the book includes three reproducible assessment tools.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Clinical Management of Tourette Syndrome, Douglas W. Woods, John C. Piacentini, and John T. Walkup

I. Understanding Tourette Syndrome

2. Characteristics of Tourette Syndrome, John C. Piacentini, Amanda J. Pearlman, and Tara S. Peris

3. Assessment of Tic Disorders, Douglas W. Woods, John C. Piacentini, and Michael B. Himle

4. Assessment of Co-Occurring Psychiatric Conditions in Tic Disorders, Lawrence Scahill, Denis G. Sukhodolsky, and Robert A. King

5. Genetic and Neurobiological Bases for Tourette Syndrome, Harvey S. Singer, Jana Leary, and Tyler Reimschisel

6. Neurocognitive Factors in Tourette Syndrome, Susanna Chang

II. Clinical Management of Symptoms and Associated Conditions

7. Medical Management of Tourette Syndrome and Co-Occurring Conditions, Joyce N. Harrison, Benjamin Schneider, and John T. Walkup

8. Psychological Management of Tics and Intentional Repetitive Behaviors Associated with Tourette Syndrome, Alan L. Peterson

9. Psychological Management of Comorbid Internalizing Disorders in Persons with Tourette Syndrome, Ulrike Buhlmann, Thilo Deckersbach, Laura Cook, and Sabine Wilhelm

10. Disruptive Behavior in Persons with Tourette Syndrome: Phenomenology, Assessment, and Treatment, Denis G. Sukhodolsky and Lawrence Scahill

III. Clinical Management of Secondary Problems

11. Management of Family Issues in Children with Tourette Syndrome, Golda S. Ginsburg and Julie Newman Kingery

12. Management of Learning and School Difficulties in Children with Tourette Syndrome, Hayden O. Kepley and Susan Conners

13. Management of Social and Occupational Difficulties in Persons with Tourette Syndrome, Douglas W. Woods, Brook A. Marcks, and Christopher A. Flessner

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Douglas W. Woods, PhD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Woods is a member of the Tourette Syndrome Association Medical Advisory Board and Behavioral Sciences Consortium and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the efficacy of behavior therapy for children and adults with Tourette syndrome.

John C. Piacentini, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the Chair of the Tourette Syndrome Association Behavioral Sciences Consortium and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Dr. Piacentini is the recipient of National Institutes of Health grant awards pertaining to the etiology, assessment, and treatment of Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other child anxiety disorders.

John T. Walkup, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Walkup is the current Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association. He is the Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins’ Research Unit of Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Psychosocial Interventions and has been the Principal Investigator on a number of clinical trials evaluating interventions for childhood psychiatric disorders, including Tourette syndrome.


"Woods et al., who are themselves leaders in the field, have brought together many of the most accomplished clinicians and researchers working today in chronic tic disorders. Out of these efforts has come a truly integrated model of tic psychopathology and treatment. This book is an essential guide for clinicians and researchers in fields from clinical and school psychology and psychiatry to neurology, and will provide a springboard for similar work on other neurobehavioral disorders that have yet to benefit from such a comprehensive approach."--Martin Franklin, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
"This wonderful book by masterful clinicians who are also expert researchers belongs on the shelf of everyone who works with children with tic disorders. Blending clinical wisdom with the best available evidence, the book will be a consultant on your desktop: an invaluable reference and an incomparable guide to getting patients in difficult situations unstuck. Highly recommended."--John S. March, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
"The coverage of topics is impressive and will appeal to both researchers and practitioners. The section on managing secondary problems--including family issues, problems with learning and social behavior, and occupational/vocational difficulties--is especially noteworthy. These are areas that are too often neglected when treating individuals with Tourette syndrome (TS), and that have been inadequately covered in other publications. Anyone involved in the assessment and treatment of individuals with TS must have this book."--T. Steuart Watson, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology (retired), Miami University
This book gives a complete and highly readable overview of the multiple features and variable expression of a complex neurodevelopmental disorder....The book captures the nuances of tic disorders and provides a broad and balanced discussion of tics and other cognitive and behavioral correlates.
--NASP Communiqué, 5/20/2007ƒƒ
This is an accessible book, written by expert clinicians and researchers, bringing together the latest evidence on the medical and psychosocial management of tic disorders and associated conditions. It integrates the range of approaches which are needed in the treatment of what often is a complicated neurodevelopmental condition. It draws on the research which has informed the comprehensive, integrated, model of Tourette Syndrome....It is easy to read, enjoyable, informative, and overall clinically relevant. It is designed...to be consulted as a whole; however, each chapter can still be read separately to inform specific aspects of management of Tourette Syndrome, tic disorders, and associated conditions. It represents a valuable resource for professionals working in child mental health services, including developmental neuropsychiatric teams, paediatric neurologists and neuropsychologists, educational psychologists and community pediatricians with interest in neurodevelopment.
--Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal, 5/20/2007