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New integration with web-based content, including support groups and the online, Nix Your Tics! Facebook community!
All-new multimedia elements and summaries to enhance engagement & accessibility!
Access a 2012 audio interview with Dr. Dunc, accompanied by a slideshow of pictures taken from the Life's A Twitch! website!
Ages 10 & up.
Hey. Got tics? You’re not alone. Up to one in five kids will have at least one tic at some point. Including the guy who wrote this book!
Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, Psychologist (‘Dr. Dunc’) has Tourette Syndrome. That means he’s been living with both motor tics (movements he has a hard time stopping) and phonic tics (noises he has a hard time stopping) for most of his life. He knows firsthand how annoying, embarrassing, misunderstood, painful, and disruptive tics can be. For years, he’s been educating people all around the world by means of his presentations & Website, and through appearances on television, in magazines, and on film. Now, in “Nix Your Tics!”, he wants to share with you a little-known but well-established, evidence-based practice* he uses to manage tic symptoms in both himself and in his patients.
*as per criteria set out by the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 Task Force
on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures
*technique strongly recommended as a first-line treatment (Canadian Guidelines for the Evidence-Based Treatment of Tic Disorders).
3. Join the Nix Your Tics! Treatment for Tourettes Group on Facebook: :
online community (book club, supplementary information & support)
4. Join the Nix Your Tics! Treatment for Tourettes Twitter Feed :
news regarding the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
5. Related articles by Dr. McKinlay:
Read Dr. McKinlay's first-person account of Tourette Syndrome. Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology Practice (JCPP), this article introduces the logic of behavioural treatments for tics (like habit reversal training) and provides a preview of CBIT (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics) from an insider's perspective. Click here to access this article!
Find Dr. McKinlay's November 2009 introduction to the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) in The Green Leaflet, 33(1&2), the national newsmagazine for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC).
All activities related to "Life's A Twitch!" and/or "Life's A Twitch! Publishing" are conducted by B. Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D., C.Psych. in a private capacity and do not represent the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, or the Government of Ontario. All activities related to "CPRI" and/or "The Brake Shop" are conducted by B. Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D., C.Psych. in a public capacity as an Ontario Ministry employee.
In writing 'Nix Your Tics!', Dr. McKinlay is acting strictly in a private capacity and not as an Ontario public servant. Hence, promotion and sale of this book will not occur during Dr. McKinlay's "Brake Shop" conference appearances and presentations.
activities related to Life's A Twitch!® are conducted
by B. Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D., C.Psych. in a private capacity and
do not represent the Ministry of Children and Youth Services or
the Government of Ontario.
B. Duncan McKinlay's Life's A Twitch!®
Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders