Services Provided for Selective Mutism, Social Anxiety, & Related Challenges

Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum developed the world-renowned, evidence-based program, Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT®) that is utilized exclusively at the SMart Center to treat Selective Mutism and related challenges.

S-CAT® is based on the concept that SM is a social communication anxiety disorder that is more than just not speaking. S-CAT® integrates components of behavioral-therapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and an insight-oriented approach to increase social communication and promote social confidence. Tactics such as systemic desensitization, modeling, fading, positive reinforcement, etc. enable the child to development social engagement skills and to progress communicatively in a step-by-step manner at home, in school, and in real world settings. Treatment is individualized and based on the individual’s unique needs.

A complete understanding of the child is necessary to develop an appropriate treatment plan, school based accommodations, and/or interventions for quick and consistent progression into social communication comfort and confidence. Therefore, we provide a variety of services designed to fit the many unique needs of families, schools, and treatment professionals across the globe.

CommuniCamp™ Intensive Group Treatment & Parent Training Program

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CommuniCamp™ is designed to help children, tweens, and teens ages 3-17 (and their families!) with Selective Mutism, social anxiety, and extreme shyness, CommuniCamp™ is the only program in the world to utilize Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum’s globally successful S-CAT® approach. One parent recently shared, “I am grateful beyond words for CommuniCamp™ and now being a part of this family, I feel hopeful and inspired by this experience with everyone involved in this process!”

S-CAT® Individualized Intensive Treatment Program

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Available in a one- or multi-day format, this is an evidenced-based  comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and training program designed for children, teens, and adults who have social communication challenges such as Selective Mutism, social anxiety, extreme shyness, and social communication (pragmatic) disorder. More than 6,000 individuals worldwide have been successfully treated with this program.

Selective Mutism In the School

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General Staff Training & Professional Development

504/IEP Plan Development & Review

Student-Specific Consultations

Student Observation & Strategies for School

General Education & Training

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Webinar Workshops

Conferences

Professional Development

Case Management for Treating Professionals

Books & DVD’s

Telehealth & Virtual Consultations

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If you live far from the SMart Center and are in need of an evaluation or treatment plan, please consider our web-conferencing option! 2/3 of our patients are out-of-state! Many even travel from abroad to receive S-CAT® treatment services and attend S-CAT® programs for Selective Mutism.

Financial Assistance Program

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The “Mr. B Scholarship Award” is possible thanks to donations made to the Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI). This program enables the SMart Center to offer qualifying families the opportunity to receive S-CAT® service programs, like CommuniCamp™, a sliding fee scale with lower fees.

Counseling Services

The SMart Center provides evidence-based treatment for a wide array of anxiety, depressive, and developmental diagnoses:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
  • and more

To learn more, visit: https://selectivemutismcenter.org/counseling-services/