Let’s Cross the Bridge to Communication at CommuniCamp!
WHAT: CommuniCamp is a 3-day intensive group treatment program to help your child with Selective Mutism, social anxiety, and extreme shyness, build the social communication skills necessary for school, the real world, and at home. Using the evidence-based Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®) created by world-renowned Selective Mutism expert, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, we will help your child cross the bridge to social communication!
Professionally trained counselors will work 1-on-1 with your child to incorporate social comfort to facilitate learning of social communication strategies that you and your child can use in everyday life. Parents are a part of this process too! That is why parent training sessions with our licensed treatment professionals will be held each day so that you can begin implementation right when you get home!
WHEN: Due to the nature of this group program, CommuniCamp will occur on designated weekends throughout the year.
Dates for 2017:
April 28-30 (FULL)
August 11-13 (ALMOST FULL)
WHERE: At the SMart Center!
505 Old York Rd
Jenkintown PA, 19046
WHO: Children ages 4-10 with Selective Mutism, social anxiety, and/or extreme shyness. We welcome applicants from around the world!
*note: we hope to open this program to children/teens of a wider age-range in the future.
HOW: If you are interested in participating in the CommuniCamp program, please fill out our online application so that we may determine if this program is right for you and your child.
Step 1: Complete the online application, so that we can determine compatibility with our program.
Click here for the CommuniCamp application.
*Established SMart Center patients: You are eligible to submit the application for FREE.
Use the Coupon Code: SMartPatient
*Because this program emphasizes intensive, individualized treatment in small groups, the camp has a limited capacity and spots are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. As openings become available, applicants will be notified and the application fee will be requested. At this point, the following steps will occur as usual.
Step 2: Once we receive your application and payment, it will be reviewed by clinicians at the SMart Center to determine your child’s eligibility for the program. You will be notified of your status within 1 week of receiving payment for your completed application.
Step 3: After being accepted into the CommuniCamp program, you will have a 90 minute intake interview with a lead clinician at the SMart Center. This is to determine the best group for your child and to begin to prepare the proper treatment strategies to utilize for your child during the program.
*If your child has ever participated in any S-CAT programs/treatment services at the SMart Center in the past, the intake interview may not be necessary. After your application is reviewed by our team, we will notify you if an intake must be scheduled.
Step 4: The CommuniComfort Experience!
After your intake is completed and your acceptance is confirmed (via $250 deposit), we will create your child’s unique CommuniComfort Experience.
CommuniComfort is the approach we use at the SMart Center, modeled after concepts within the S-CAT® Program, to help children build social and communication comfort in a given setting or with an individual, in this case, the SMart Center and your child’s head counselor. This process leads up to start of camp to help the child feel comfortable with their lead counselor. Before, during, and after camp, purposeful strategies are used to help ease anxiety, which will foster social comfort and communication.
Step 5: Attend CommuniCamp!
We recommend arriving to the Philadelphia area at least the night before the first day of the program (Thursday night). The program will start at 9 AM sharp Friday morning!
After CommuniCamp: Fill out our survey to let us know how the program went for you and your child. We want to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of CommuniCamp, so feedback is always welcome and very much appreciated!
Campers will also be able to continue their CommuniComfort Experience with their head counselor, including possibilities of pen-pal correspondence, emailing, etc.
If you are interested in individual treatment or school services, you will be provided with detailed information about these services and their associated fees. Participating families will be able to schedule follow-up visits and consultations, which will be explained in greater detail during the CommuniCamp Weekend.
Application: $75 (Non-Refundable)
Intake Interview: $300
$100 deposit due within 5 days of eligibility notification
Remaining $200 payable at appointment
CommuniCamp Program: $1750
$250 confirmation deposit due within 5 days of acceptance notification
Remaining $1500 due at least 30 days before the first day of camp:
(7/11 for August Session)
*non-refundable if cancelled after deadline
Frequently Asked Questions
At CommuniCamp, the evidence-based S-CAT® philosophies will be used in an intensive, camp-like setting, where patients will have the ability to interact in small groups with their fellow CommuniCamp participants. Working with both highly-trained, graduate-level counselors led by our licensed clinicians, participants at CommuniCamp will experience a truly unique opportunity for treatment. Over the course of just 3 days (5 hours of camp per day for a total of 15 hours of treatment), CommuniCamp will incorporate S-CAT® strategies into fun, camp-like games and therapeutic activities that will help each patient move across the Social Communication Bridge® during the program and will provide them (and their parents) with the tools to utilize these strategies once they leave the program as well!
The CommuniGroup program is another option for patients to receive treatment in a small group setting. Treatment is provided in groups of 3-5 children of similar age. Like those in the CommuniCamp program, those in the CommuniGroup program will work with either a licensed psychologist or mental health professional, or a trained doctoral-level graduate student under supervision. The CommuniGroup program emphasizes building social comfort in a group setting over a longer period of time. CommuniGroup participants will meet for 1-hour long treatment sessions for six weeks.
We understand that comfort precedes communication. CommuniComfort is the approach we use at the SMart Center and modeled after concepts within the S-CAT® Program to help children build social and communication comfort in a given setting or with an individual. This process begins weeks prior to the start of camp to help the child feel comfortable with their lead counselor. Then, prior to camp and during camp purposeful strategies are used to help ease anxiety which will foster comfort and communication among st campers and counselors
We are happy to provide receipts to families for submitting to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement. We suggest you contact your insurance carrier and inquire about your out of network coverage, any deductibles that must be met, whether you need a letter of medical necessity from your childs pediatrician, or any limitations on coverage.
Group members in our CommuniGroup are expected to attend all six weeks of 1-hr sessions. Refunds will not be provided for sessions missed during the program. This policy is put in place because confirmation of admission into the program means that your child’s spot will be held for all six sessions, materials will be purchased for them specifically, and the other CommuniGroup members depend on them for participation.
Yes. We welcome families from all over the world to take part in our S-CAT® programs. There are many affordable options, including ‘low cost’ housing for accommodations near our center in Jenkintown, PA. [Places to stay near the SMart Center]
Our CommuniCamp program is specifically designed to provide families with the time to practice evidence-based S-CAT® strategies out in the real world. Families are encouraged to explore the great city of Philadelphia, as they journey across the Bridge to social communication! [Things to do in Philadelphia]
If you are already working with one of our professionals at the SMart Center, then you are able to apply for CommuniCamp AND CommuniGroup for free.
In addition, because your child has already been evaluated at our center and we have received all relevant forms prior to their other treatment, an intake interview is not necessary.
Therefore, as an established SMart Center patient, your only steps for signing up for either CommuniCamp or CommuniGroup are:
1. Fill out the corresponding application, indicating that you are an
established patient at the end of the form by using the
coupon code: SMart Patient when prompted.
2. Wait for a clinician at the SMart Center to confirm that your child has
been accepted into the program.
3. Attend the program!
Please call our CommuniCamp team at 215-887-5748 with further enquiries and questions.