Selective Mutism, Anxiety,  & Related Disorders Treatment Center

 The SMart Center is directed by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, who specializes in treating children, teens, and young adults with Selective Mutism, social anxiety/shyness, social communication (pragmatic) disorder, and related challenges. Our “whole-person” approach is rooted in treating the whole individual, not just his or her social communication issues.

This philosophy led Dr. Shipon-Blum to develop the evidence-based Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®), which has been used to successfully treat more than 6,000 individuals worldwide. S-CAT® treatment integrates components of behavioral-therapy, CBT, and an insight-oriented approach with intensive parent management (when relevant) to increase social communication and promote social confidence. The SMart Center is the only center in the world that implements Dr. Shipon-Blum’s S-CAT® Program.


Dr. Shipon-Blum also created CommuniCamp™, the intensive group treatment program modeled after S-CAT® concepts and strategies. CommuniCamp™ is the first of its kind, welcoming new and established patients worldwide.

For details of our in-person (July 16th-19th Aug 13th-16th & Oct 8th -11th, and virtual programs (Teen July 21st)–> visit: 

Meet our new SMart Center ambassador: Rachel Gordon!

Selective Mutism didn’t stop 8-year-old Rachel from pursuing her dreams. Rachel overcame Selective Mutism with a team approach using our evidence-based philosophy, S-CAT®. 

Today, Rachel is a shining star on TV, commercials & in the news. She also toured the country for a Broadway musical and has performed at Carnegie Hall & New York Fashion Week.

Rachel says: “I found my voice and YOU can too!” @rachelingordon

The SMart Center offers an array of evaluations, treatment, training, consultations, and educational services for individuals affected by Selective Mutism with the goal of quick and consistent social communication progress at home, in the real world, and at school.
The SMart Center also offers testing and counseling for a wide array of anxiety, depressive, behavioral, and developmental disorders.


The Tools and Information to Help You Succeed

A collection of research studies, literature, and other resources to spread awareness and promote the understanding and support of children, teens, and adults with SM and related social communication challenges.

Success Stories

Our Shining Stars Beam Bright with Hope for SM Families

Watch videos and read stories from our Shining Stars and their families as they share their experiences with the SMart Center’s S-CAT® Individualized Intensive Treatment and CommuniCamp™!

Social Media

Join Our Online Community for Daily #SMartTips, Support, Resources, and More!

It can be lonely dealing with SM since few people truly understand it. Our social media pages provide you with a network of support; enabling you to connect and share stories not only with us—but with families you can relate to.

Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI)

Ridding the Silence of Selective Mutism Through Research

We are dedicated to spreading awareness and accessibility of our evidence-based treatment approach for children, teens, and adults suffering from SM and related social communication disorders.

Webinars, Books, DVDs

Visit the SMart Mart to learn more about Selective Mutism and S-CAT® tools and strategies.

The SMart Mart has all the products and tools needed to progress your child, student, or patient across the Social Communication Bridge®. Find paperback and eBooks, DVDs, communication tools, and webinars.

News and Happenings

Keeping Up with the SMart Center

See Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum and the SMart Center in the media. From TIME magazine and 20/20 TV specials, to recent research updates on selective mutism, social anxiety, and social communication disorders.

Take Their Word for It!

Dr. E,
Just wanted to give you a quick update on Dani. She is doing great. She has overcome SM. She is able to talk in all settings now, including giving book reports to her class. She is in 4th grade now… can you believe it? We came to you when she was 4 years old! She started the year with no signs of SM. She still can seem a little reserved at times but she is able to respond when spoken to even at those times! Thanks for all you do!

Our school team cannot say enough about your S-CAT® Program for Selective Mutism. Our staff attended a recent workshop that you provided and we were able to develop, with your help, a plan for our two students with Selective Mutism. We have seen remarkable progress in just a few weeks. Thank you so much!

Dr. E, Jen, and the SMart Center Support staff,

I wanted to share some wonderful news regarding Lila. On the first day of school, I received a phone call from her teacher.  All the education to the school staff and Lila’s treatment paid off!  Lila was able to speak to her teacher and friends today! I want to thank you for all of your time, knowledge, support and devotion to your profession. I truly believe we could not have come this far without your influence. It has been quite a ride. Please know that I will be happy to assist you in any way that I can regarding your mission.


We are so thrilled we hired you to help us develop a school plan for one of our students. We have a much better understanding on how to use strategies. The advice you provided our speech pathologist, teachers and psychologist were spot on since our student was able to respond verbally to our questions and initiate with a buddy in class within a few days! We feel we have a better understanding of Harris’ needs. Thank you for your expertise. We are so excited for the progress we have already seen!