Habit reversal training is a method used to help people deal with their habits. This method has been used to help with habits such as hair pulling, nail biting, thumbsucking, and certain kinds of tics. Usually, your healthcare provider or psychologist will show you how to use the procedures. These tips will help you practice at home.
A competing response is an action your child does in place of his habit. The muscles used to do the new action make it impossible to perform the old habit. For example, instead of doing an eye blink tic, the child would very gently close his eyelids and hold them closed for 10 seconds.
Have your child practice his competing response in the mirror. This helps him get comfortable with the response and shows him that it is not obvious to other people. Encourage your child to use the competing response: