1-Day Virtual CommuniCamp™ Program: From Our Home to Yours–Bringing CommuniCamp™ to Your Living Room!
Focus: Helping children/teens develop skills for both the virtual and social distancing world!

Due to demand, we are excited to offer a One Full Day Virtual CommuniCamp™ Program for children (and their families!) between the ages of 4 and 17. Exceptions can be made for some 18 and 19 year olds. (Enrollment process & pricing included at the bottom of this webpage.)

1-Day Virtual CommuniCamp™ for Tweens/Teens Ages 12-17 (exceptions for 18 and 19 year olds)

  • WED July 21st, 2021   Fill out our CommuniCamp interest form to be notified of future Tween/Teen dates
    Time: 11 am-5 pm EST
    Fee: $600 (Plus intake for new SMart Center families)
    **Continue scrolling for specific info about the tween/teen program and click here for FAQs)

The SMart Center, under the direction of Selective Mutism pioneer, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, has been treating children, tweens/teens, and adults with SM for over 25 years using S-CAT®, an evidenced-based treatment focusing on the whole person and a CBT, family systems approach.

This 1-Day Program is modeled after our successful in-person CommuniCamp™ but done virtually. The CommuniCamp™ experience allows children to learn skills for home, the real world, and school–in a classroom or while distance learning. In addition, parents receive education, training to support their child. In addition, parents connect for their own support system.

Our Virtual CommuniCamp™ is popular since families can receive treatment, meet others who understand, and learn as if they are in-person at our Center! No travel involved. Virtual CommuniCamp™, like our individual telehealth treatment programs are done in the comfort of a child/teen’s home which has proven to be a strong advantage for them (and their parents). Using a virtual platform, we practice ALL the same skills and have mock social settings with unique and ultra fun virtual backgrounds! These backgrounds help the child visualize the setting and practice skills.  This has carried over well into real world/school social settings and is a favorite amongst our families!

Our One Day program is unmatched! It is an intensive group treatment and support program for our children/teens/parents where we provide parents with education and support throughout. There will be breakout treatment sessions with clinical counselors and separate support/connection luncheons for parents and campers. In addition to therapeutic, evidence-based strategies, CommuniCamp™ and the S-CAT® program exclusively used in SMart Center Programs, is known for the tremendous amount of support that both parents and campers receive before, during, and after the program. Our 1-Day Virtual CommuniCamp™ program is no different! Included in the price of the program, families receive:

  • Multiple relevant handouts and webinars to supplement your CommuniCamp™ experience to take home and to be shared with the school/teachers/relatives/friends.
  • A one-on-one support call with the camper’s counselor to discuss what strategies worked best with your child during the day.
  • Receipts with CPT codes to submit to insurance
  • A confirmation of diagnosis letter
  • Recommendations for continued support: Individualized Follow-Up Sessions in-person or web-conference, School Consultations via web-conference, attend CommuniCamp™ again
  • A support system of professionals and peers you (and your child) can relate to and keep in touch with after the program.
  •  A metaphorical tool belt equipped with skills, strategies, and mechanisms for overcoming Selective Mutism.

To learn about the enrollment process & pricing, see below:

Virtual CommuniCamp™ Process & Pricing

The process for joining a Virtual CommuniCamp is the same as our In-person CommuniCamp’s. Please see our CommuniCamp page for more information!

The pricing for the 1-Day Virtual CommuniCamp itself is $600.

If you are new to the SMart Center, your child or teen will need to be assessed by one of our clinicians prior to CommuniCamp via an Intake session, which has a fee of $400, to established eligibility. Please see our CommuniCamp page for more information.

Treating Tweens/Teens with Selective Mutism

Tweens/teens with SM and/or social anxiety have most likely been suffering in silence for many years.   Their behaviors are ingrained. Many are now more resistant, are more socially avoidant and lack skills such as initiation, elaborate speech, conversation starters, making/keeping friends. As a result, self-esteem is usually affected, they may not be reaching their potential and there may be a strong dependence on parents (and siblings).  Some may suffer from increased anxiety and depression.

However, this is HOPE. Tweens/teens can not only overcome SM, but can thrive, reach their potential, and become confident social communicators.

Email CommuniCamp@SelectiveMutismCenter.org with any questions. For children ages 4-10, click here to complete an application. For tweens/teens ages 11-19, click here.