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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have lead in sessions?2024-04-19T16:36:58-04:00

To enroll in CommuniCamp, we require a Selective Mutism Evaluation or Selective Mutism Interview so we can gain a deeper understanding of the patient’s history, current presentation, and identify causes & contributing factors to their SM or related social communication challenges. Based on our findings from this appointment, we offer a comprehensive report conceptualizing your child/teen’s case, as well as provide recommendations for treatment. Although no other services are required ahead of CommuniCamp, we do see the best results for those who pursue individual care beforehand. Explore our care options.

Are meals included?2024-04-17T12:41:31-04:00

In addition to the pizza orientation night, we offer snacks and beverages for both parents and campers each day of camp! However, we ask that parents prepare a packed lunch for their child (nut-free please).

Parents will have an earlier lunch break from the campers, where they can leave campus to pick up lunch and bring back for themselves and/or the camper!

Please alert us of any allergies and any related medical protocol necessary for your child.

How to get to CommuniCamp?2024-04-17T12:25:21-04:00

For families who are traveling for services by plane, we recommend flying into the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNA) and Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) are other nearby options!

We recommend using ride-share apps such as Uber/Lyft or renting a car for getting around.

For those traveling to the SMart Center for treatment, our address is: 261 York Road, Suite 900, Jenkintown, PA 19046

For those traveling to CommuniCamp please refer to your welcome packet for specific location. Typically held within 15 minutes of our center.

Do you offer Financial Assistance?2024-04-17T11:56:07-04:00

YES!  We offer sliding scale fees for families that qualify, as well as limited grants specific to CommuniCamp.

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Low-cost lodging recommendations

What happens after CommuniCamp?2024-04-17T12:07:07-04:00

Follow up is key to long term success. At camp, your child (and you!) will learn many skills, but building on these skills and ongoing guidance on transferring of skills to other settings is needed.

Based on where you live, dictates the type of follow up. For those who can travel for in person appointments, the Monthly S-CAT Program or weekly Psychotherapy are follow up options.

For those who want virtual or telehealth:
1. If you live in a state the SMart Center is licensed, this is considered treatment. We can conduct the Monthly S-CAT Program or weekly psychotherapy with your child/teen.
2. If you live in a state the SMart Center team is not licensed in, we can conduct parent coaching and training services since this is not direct treatment with your child/teen.
3. For international families, we require confirmation of your diagnosis which our team can then provide recommendations/strategies via our parent coaching/training program.

FOR ALL states/countries, school trainings are a professional/non-treatment service and hence can be done in all locations.

How much does CommuniCamp™ cost?2024-04-19T16:43:12-04:00

Selective Mutism Evaluation/Interview: $495 | prerequisite
This appointment will allow our team to get a deeper understanding of the patient’s history, current presentation, and identify causes & contributing factors to SM. The SME is a pre-requisite to individual treatment, group treatment (i.e. CommuniCamp), and Assessment services.

The evaluation/interview may not be necessary for SMart Center families who are in active treatment. A follow up appointment may be required based on the clinical team’s recommendation.

CommuniCamp™ Program
3+ Day Camp (in-person): $1995
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure enrollment: the remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the program.

What is your Cancellation Policy?2024-04-17T12:08:26-04:00

With the demand for services, we require pre-payments to secure your appointment/service. Cancellations with more than 2 weeks’ notice will be refunded excluding the $500 scheduling deposit.  The scheduling deposit may be transferred to another service.  Cancellations with less than 2 weeks’ notice will require full-service fee payment (non-refundable).

Cancellations due to travel challenges or medical emergencies: With proof of travel challenges or a medical emergency, we will address on a case-by-case basis.  With documentation of the emergency, such as a doctor’s note, we may permit a credit being applied toward future services.

If the SMart Center must cancel any service as a result of circumstances beyond reasonable control including but not limited to fire, floods, natural disasters, riots, strikes, or disease epidemic, the client is eligible to receive a refund/credit excluding any deposits and payments for services already rendered.  Early dismissal from a CommuniCamp program will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

What is your Insurance Policy?2024-04-17T12:10:42-04:00

As a specialty medical practice, SMart Center services are considered out-of-network with all insurance providers. 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 child’s pediatrician, or any limitations on coverage. It is the family’s responsibility to work with their insurance provider to see if CommuniCamp is eligible for possible reimbursement based on your specific plan. Please review our SMart Center Insurance Coding Guide for more information.

Can parents visit their child between Parent Training sessions?2022-02-04T21:00:07-05:00

Parent education, training, and support sessions occur all day, every day. The entire time that your child is working on building comfort, confidence, and communication—so are you! Parents’ will have a 1 hour lunch break where you can connect with families who are experiencing this journey with you. This lunch break is separate from your camper’s lunch break – they will eat with their group and counselors.

With that being said, you can always meet/talk with your child if needed.

My child can’t go to the restroom without assistance. Please advise.2022-02-04T21:00:45-05:00

For in-person camps, counselors can lead children to the restroom (we also have scheduled bathroom breaks and communication boards present in the campers assigned room); however, counselors cannot physically assist at the toilet. If there’s ever an issue, counselors will reach out to parents/guardians for help.

Do you have references I can speak to?2024-04-17T12:12:29-04:00

Yes! Please send an email to CommuniCamp@SelectiveMutismCenter.org, and we’ll be happy to connect you to families who’ve attended our group and/or individual treatment programs.

You can also check out our testimonials and success stories!

Are Parent Training sessions included?2022-02-04T21:02:42-05:00

Yes! Parent implementation is critical in the S-CAT® treatment process. We pride ourselves on the level of education and support we provide parents during CommuniCamp™.

Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn valuable information about Selective Mutism and understand the key philosophies to a successful treatment outcome. Parents will be taught step-by-step goals recommended for success after they leave CommuniCamp™ to implement in their daily lives when they get home. We discuss relevant topics, previous SMart Center patients share their stories, and everyone learns from one another. Also, each day after the program, families have the opportunity to meet up to bond with each other and practice goals together.

Parents from previous CommuniCamp™ programs shared the following: “I was eager for my child to meet other children like him, but I never realized I too would benefit so much from meeting other parents. What a surprising benefit of CommuniCamp™!” and “This was truly the missing link that we were searching for. Thank you so much for this incredible experience.”

Do you provide childcare at CommuniCamp™? 2024-04-17T12:15:37-04:00

Currently, we do not provide childcare for siblings at CommuniCamp, however, the program is attended by many young families, so we absolutely welcome siblings into the parent sessions!

It is up to the parents to occupy siblings (iPad/tablet with headphones, books, coloring pages, etc).

  • Older siblings are encouraged to actively listen/participate in learning how to help their sibling with SM.
  • Younger siblings are welcome but may become a distraction to the other parents. In that case, we ask that a family member simply walk their children into the lobby. It’s common for extended family members to attend CommuniCamp to be the go-to person to take young children into the hallway. This way, parents don’t have to miss any of the lectures. There is no extra charge for an additional family member who is joining to help with childcare.
Do you have recommendations for housing/hotels?2024-04-17T12:16:09-04:00

Yes! Families travel from across the globe to take part in our S-CAT® programs. Click here to view local lodging options, including low-cost housing near CommuniCamp™.

What if we are already established SMart Center patients?2024-04-17T12:17:05-04:00

As long as your SMart Center clinician feels you are eligible for CommuniCamp™, you may sign up for any of our CommuniCamp events! If it’s been over 6 months since you were last seen, a follow up appointment may or may not be necessary to measure current social communication anxiety inventory. Just let our SMart Center clinical staff know that you’re interested to begin the process.

How to determine eligibility for CommuniCamp™?2024-04-17T11:36:37-04:00

As a prerequisite to CommuniCamp, each potential camper will have a Pre-Camp Selective Mutism Evaluation (or Selective Mutism Interview) to deepen our understanding of their unique social communication needs. From this, we can determine proper course of treatment and ideal group placement at CommuniCamp™. This will help foster a comfortable, fun, and therapeutic weekend.  

Camper Screener Questions

  • Is your child functioning at grade level or no more than 2 yrs behind socially, emotionally, and/or academically?
  • Does your child speak in at least one setting but mute in another?
  • My child does not have aggressive tendencies towards other children & adults.
  • My child does not have disruptive tendencies towards other children & adults.
  • If your child is 12 yrs + are they willing & interested in camp at least at a 5 or more out of 1-10 scale with 10 being the most motivated to join?

Child/teen is most likely an excellent candidate for CommuniCamp if answered YES to the above questions.

If answered No to any of the above, camp is not ruled out, but an individualized approach may be more appropriate prior to attending camp. 

Level of Communication

We accept all levels of social communication. Stages vary from non-communicative, nonverbal, transitional, and verbal. Your child’s level of communication will dictate group placement and the strategies used each day.

Diagnosis

An SM diagnosis is not required to attend. CommuniCamp is appropriate for those with Selective Mutism, social anxiety, extreme shyness or related social communication challenges.

 

Upcoming CommuniCamp™ Dates:

June 2024 CommuniCamp™

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - June 24 @ 2:00 pm

July 2024 CommuniCamp™

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - July 15 @ 2:00 pm

August 2024 CommuniCamp™

August 9 @ 6:30 pm - August 12 @ 2:00 pm

November 2024 CommuniCamp™

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - November 11 @ 2:00 pm


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