Target population: Patients with tics
Measures: Tics / tic suppression
Clinical support: Monitoring, Treatment
TicTrainer™ is inspired by (a) Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a proven behavior therapy for tic disorders that is the preferred treatment in Europe, and (b) research on tic suppression showing that immediate rewards for not ticcing increase tic suppression (and probably make it more tolerable or more fun). Other online tools help with traditional ERP, and have advantages over this tool. But TicTrainer™ provides immediate virtual rewards and other strategies inspired by video games (level up, goals that qualify for a visual "coin").
TicTrainer™ also provides a record of tic frequency and tic suppression ability that may inform clinical care and quantifies improvement over time. Another difference is that TicTrainer™ depends on someone other than the patient (e.g. a parent), who can reliably recognize tics, can fill this role. Additionally, TicTrainer™ has modifications to make it useful for research, both research on tic frequency and tic suppression and for clinical trials (using non-contingent reward as a control condition). The source code is available under an MIT license.
Platform: Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile Phone (iPhone, Android, Other)
User interfaces: Patients, Caregivers (professional/non-professional), Research study personnel
- Can generate a database
- Data can be stored on the site and owned by the researcher, or stored locally by user, who then retains ownership
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