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.
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/