Individual Treatment

Intensive S-CAT® Program: SMart Center Gold-Standard

This evidence-based treatment program is our most popular and most successful approach. This comprehensive, Social Communication Evaluation and treatment program is designed for children, teens, and adults who have social communication challenges such as Selective Mutism, social anxiety, extreme shyness, social communication (pragmatic) disorder, and other related challenges. More than 5,000 individuals worldwide have been successfully treated with the Individual Intensive S-CAT® Program.

Call the SMart Center today for more information or to schedule an appointment: (215) 887-5748. You can also send us an email at

How Does It Work?

  • The Individualized Intensive Treatment Program is available in a one-day or multi-day format and uses Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum’s research-based methodology of Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®) to provide a holistic, all-encompassing evaluation of the individual’s social communication challenges.
  • S-CAT® treatment is based on our assessment and understanding of the contributing factors and/or co-occurring challenges into the development and maintenance of Selective Mutism, Social Anxiety, and related challenges.
  • Based on this evaluation, the clinician will recommend tailored strategies, tactics, and school-based accommodations. Treatment begins on the same day as the evaluation. Following the initial session, families receive a detailed, step-by-step written treatment plan with proven techniques to implement at home, the real-world, and within the school setting.
  • Follow-up consultations are recommended approximately every 3-4 weeks and can be conducted in-person, over the phone, or via web conference. Continued care also can include direct school staff training and/or consultations.

Read more about the effectiveness of S-CAT® and our research, and meet our staff.

Traditional Psychotherapy: Therapy Track

For those seeking treatment without entering our Intensive S-CAT® Program, we offer a traditional approach, Therapy Track. Our Therapy Track Program involves one of our trained clinicians evaluating and treating you or your loved one for a range of social communication-related issues. Therapy Track sessions implement S-CAT® treatment principles but they do not include the full S-CAT® program components such as the length of time spent at the SMart Center and the detailed, step-by-step written treatment plan.

Please contact our center by calling (215) 887-5748 or email to schedule an appointment and/or receive more details about the Individualized Intensive S-CAT® Program or Therapy Track.

Insurance Policy

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