SMart Center Financial Assistance Program
In the Spring of 2019, “Mr. B,” Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum’s right-hand man, beloved ‘O.G’ pug, and first Therapy Dog passed over to the Rainbow Bridge. For 15+ years he played an instrumental role in the lives of children and teens and their families with Selective Mutism. He was known to knock on doors when he wanted to join a session to either sit on a child/teen’s lap and snuggle, or sit by their feet. He instinctively knew who was comfortable and who needed some more TLC.
Mr. B attended the original SMA Conference (then referred to as “SMG-CAN”) and countless conferences thereafter alongside Dr. Shipon-Blum,walking down the aisles visiting attendees and children, then patiently seated at the podium as Dr. Shipon-Blum educated the audience.
All the kids loved him! He always made everyone smile. In honor of his years of service and unconditional therapeutic support to all who crossed his path, the SMart Center, with the support from the Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI), has created the “Mr. B Scholarship Program.”
*Based on family size, income, or special circumstances.