S-CAT® focuses on the whole person – not just the mutism
S-CAT® is based on the concept that Selective Mutism 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 is an insight-oriented approach designed to increase social confidence.
Social communication tactics such as systematic desensitization, modeling, fading, and positive reinforcement tend to improve an individual’s social engagement skills. Using the Social Communication Bridge© , individuals can progress into speech in all social settings – such as at home with guests, inside the classroom, at work as well as in other real-world settings.
In addition, for children and teens with Selective Mutism, intensive parent management skills are necessary and, therefore, incorporated into S-CAT®. Often times, children and teens with Selective Mutism have difficult eating, toileting and sleeping.
Treatment is individualized and based on the individual’s unique needs.