Research *** NEW: S-CAT Research Results showing statistics and graphs
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Research is ongoing through SMRI, a privately funded research institute. The Third phase of outcome studies regarding Dr. Shipon-Blum's Social Communication Anxiety Treatment (S-CAT)® is completed. Researchers tracked and analyzed the progress of eligible patients in the 5-12 year age range for changes in social communication in the home, public and school settings.
Results of the recent research study conducted by Dr.'s Klein and Armstrong, associate professors at La Salle University, have found children made statistically significant improvements in their ability to communicate orally in school and other social settings following S-CAT® therapy as measured by the Selective Mutism (SMQ) (Bergman, Keller, Placentini & Bergman, 2008). Children and their parents were followed over 15 weeks with S-CAT®, receiving in-office treatment at 3-week intervals (Seen for one initial consult and 3 follow up visits) & supplemented by weekly phone consultations.
The research results also showed that implementation by parents and schools are important to see the most progress. Those children with higher implementation scores made more statistically significant improvements over those with lower program implementation scores
The quickest and most effective results occur when children and parents and school personnel work on the games/goals provided by the treatment professional.
Therefore, results indicate that relying on therapy in the
office without follow thru is not nearly as effective as children having
goals/games to play, parenting goals and accommodations/interventions within the school setting.
We are all very excited with the results of the treatment efficacy study because although families were being successfully treated and quickly, the research results now validate the positive effects of S-CAT® for the treatment of children with Selective Mutism.
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