To promote comfort with kids and teachers and fuel progression into social communication, children with Selective Mutsim often need staff facilitation to prompt the process or provide opportunities for the child to experience back/forth communication. This can be done both in class (using The Spot method) and outside of classroom (after school, during extracurricular activities, etc.).
The level of social communication the staff member prompts and facilitates is based on the child’s social communication level on the Social Communication Bridge®.
For more school-based tips and strategies, download our School-Based webinars:
Ask the Experts: School Check-Up: Our Lead Clinical Counselor, Jennifer Brittingham, M.A. hosted a popup webinar to answer school-based questions! You can purchase the recorded version here for only $10! Tips are based on our evidence-based Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®) approach utilized in treatment at the SMart Center.
Back-to-School Planning for the Child with Selective Mutism: Our President & Director and developer of our world-renowned treatment approach, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, hosted this school-based webinar which allows viewers to receive strategies to effectively address bus rides, bathroom breaks, play dates and peer relationships, find out ways to build teacher rapport and increase comfort by using the SM Interview Process™ and other methods, and much more! Download the webinar here.
About Selective Mutism:
To effectively overcome Selective Mutism and all anxieties, an individual needs to be involved in a treatment program, such as those rooted in the evidenced-based Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®), like Individualized Intensives or CommuniCamp Group Treatment Program. Developed by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, this holistic or “whole-person” treatment approach is designed to reduce anxiety, build self-esteem, increase social comfort and communication in all settings.
As a physician, Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum (“Dr. E”) views SM as a social communication anxiety where mutism is merely a symptom. The key to an effective treatment plan is understanding factors into the development and maintenance of SM as well as understanding a child’s baseline level of social communication on the Social Communication Bridge©. Then, working as a team, the treatment professional, parents, and school staff members help the child build coping skills to combat anxious feelings and to progress across the Social Communication Bridge©.